Nico Hulkenberg has not ruled out a future Ferrari drive as the young German looks to gain a foothold in Formula 1.
The 25-year-old impressed at Force India last year, leading much of the final race in Brazil before crashing out with Lewis Hamilton, for this season Hulkenberg made the interesting move to Sauber.
While the Swiss based team impressed in 2012 scoring four podiums many were surprised by the move as Hulkenberg stayed in the midfield battle.
In 2013 however Sauber has largely disappointed suffering the same drop in form as McLaren, despite that he has been much faster than Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez and Sauber are pleased by what he has done.
Asked about whether he was happy with where Sauber are currently Hulkenberg replied: "No.
"We are behind where we expected, and not producing the results we wanted."
Despite the disappointment Ferrari have been put on notice by Hulkenberg's arrival at Sauber, many believe the move was "Ferrari-based" and President Luca di Montezemolo announced his interest in the 25-year-old.
"I am very curious to see how Hulkenberg goes with our engine at Sauber," he said.
Asked about a possible Ferrari future, Hulkenberg responded: "I don't know -- you'll have to ask them.
"These are the early days of the season, but I do want to get back to winning races and challenging, and to be champion one day.
"To do that you have to be in a big team. The future is open and you have to do the best you can with the car you have every weekend," he added.
Hulkenberg is one of a small number of driver's to have a seat at a midfield team but not a major sponsor backing him, that lack of backing lead to a tricky start to his F1 career.
He impressed taking pole position in a rain hit qualifying in Brazil during his rookie season at Williams in 2010, he was dropped however for 2011 becoming test driver at Force India.
He replaced Adrian Sutil in the team for 2012 before the move to Sauber this season.
"Three teams in three years, many changes ... more than I would like," Hulkenberg smiled.
"What happened with Williams was frustrating -- there was no discussion, I was out. You do a good season and lose the seat for other reasons.
"In any case, it's in the past and everyone's race (F1 career) is different -- mine with many changes."
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