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Italian GP: Nico Hulkenberg enjoying being linked to Ferrari for 2013

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 2012Nico Hulkenberg says he is enjoying mounting speculation that he is head of the queue to join Ferrari next year - but says he cannot afford to take his eyes off efforts this season.

The German has emerged as favourite to become Fernando Alonso's team-mate in 2013 if Ferrari elects to replace Felipe Massa.

And far from playing down the idea of a switch, he says it can only be good for him if he is at the centre of such speculation.

"Yes, it is good and positive press if you are linked to a team like that, but now we have to race again," he explained.

When asked about the attraction of racing at a team that had a clear number one like Fernando Alonso, he said: "The attraction is that every driver wants to be on the grid in Formula 1 to win races and that is our motivation. So you look at your options and make a decision."

Hulkenberg did his chances of landing a Ferrari seat no harm with a strong fourth placed finish in the Belgian GP, but says that there is little point dreaming about the future.

"There is so much speculation going on and I am committed to Force India," he said. "There are eight races to go and that is a long way; so we will have to focus and try to achieve another performance like that."

When asked if he knew in his head where he would like his future to be, he said: "Pretty much. Not entirely, but I have a good idea what I want."

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