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Nico Hulkenberg will be on 2014 F1 grid - manager

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Nico Hulkenberg will be on the F1 grid in 2014 according to his manager who described his recent performance in Korea as "perfect".

Indeed the German, who has been touted as a star of the future, is currently looking for a drive in 2014 with Lotus and Force India possible destinations. However, with a lack of sponsorship and being one of the taller drivers on the grid, rumours suggest he may fail to land either seat.

Certainly his performance in Korea where he was able to pull a move on Lewis Hamilton and then hold off the Briton for the rest of the race earned him a much needed boost in that quest for a 2014 seat.

Indeed another man involved in the close fight towards the end of Sunday's race was Fernando Alonso and, after the race, he too was full of praise towards the German.

"He deserved to be in front of us," EFE news agency quotes Alonso as saying, "because he did a fantastic race.

"Sauber have been very good this weekend, they've done a great job," he added.

Some are linking that as a possible jibe back at Ferrari who were beaten by a car with the same engine and a team struggling to survive financially.

"I think he (Alonso) would love to leave Ferrari," said the respected La Gazzetta dello Sport correspondent Pino Allievi, "but he cannot."

Indeed Alonso has used Sauber's climb through the field as the prime example in highlighting his belief the mid-season tyre changes to 2012 construction with 2013 compounds have helped some teams while hampering others.

However Hulkenberg is less convinced about that theory telling Brazil's O Estada de S. Paulo: "The new Pirelli tyres help to explain what is happening with us, but it's not everything.

"We have also improved the car. I would say it's 50 per cent for both," he added.

The 24-year-old has been sounding much happier in recent races after being in the doldrums at the start of the year, following what looked to be a disappointing move from Force India to Sauber.

"To say that I regret (moving from Force India) is a bit much," he is quoted by France's L'Equipe, "but I was not very happy because I wanted to make a step forward and actually it was quite a step back.

"But when you make choices in life, they can be good or bad but the best thing to do is to try to turn it around in your favour," Hulkenberg added.

"After seven or eight races, there were no real signs of improvement, but then suddenly there was a click."

As mentioned Hulkenberg will be hoping these recent improvements can help confirm him a drive on the grid in 2014, though some believe time could be running out to secure a decent seat next season.

"You would just have to say that there weren't many top cockpits becoming available (for 2014)," Hulkenberg's manager Werner Heinz told the German newspaper Bild.

"We are still talking, but Nico will definitely go on in formula one," he insisted.

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