Nico Hulkenberg has confirmed reports that he will be driving the new Force India on the Friday mornings of Grands Prix all season.

It had been suggested that the former Williams driver's new long-term deal included the Friday work, but until now there had been no confirmation.

"I'm still in F1," said the 23-year-old German at Valencia, where he drove his new Silverstone based employer's 2010 car.

"I will be driving on every Friday in free practice so the good thing is that I can still show what I can do," added Hulkenberg.

"I have the make the best of it. I have the year to convince the guys at Force India," he is quoted by the SID news agency.

Replaced at Williams by the well-funded Pastor Maldonado, Hulkenberg has been visibly downcast at Valencia this week.

"It hurt a lot and it's no secret that I am very disappointed," he admitted.

"But I've had some weeks to get over it. I am trying to put it behind me and look positively into the future."