German ace happy to be involved in “growing” WEC series – but insists his main focus remains F1.
Nico Hulkenberg has refuted claims that his Porsche sportscar programme, which includes the Spa 1000Km and Le Mans 24 Hours, will detract from his F1 campaign with Force India.
Hulkenberg’s deal is a throwback to the ’80s – when F1 drivers regularly took part in sportscar events to supplement their income.
“Obviously last year I took the decision for the Porsche deal,” said Hulkenberg on the eve of the Australian Grand Prix. “I was thinking about these things, and I wouldn’t have taken on the deal if I’d thought it compromised my F1 career.
“And also, I was testing in Bahrain in the middle of February, and then it was Barcelona in F1, and of course there was a couple of laps adaptation, but I’m settled enough in F1 and I have that feeling inside my brain and my body to swap without readapting too much.
“Le Mans is the main thing, and it’s the most important race for Porsche and that series. I’m going to go there with an open mind and enjoy it, and see what comes out of it.”