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

Nico 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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