Sauber: Nico Hulkenberg plays down result

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Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg doubts his career-best finish of fourth at Korean Grand Prix will have any significance on where he ends up driving in 2014.

Last month Kimi Raikkonen agreed a deal to re-join Ferrari, meaning all the grid’s star drivers have completed their plans for next season. Hulkenberg himself has emerged as a target for other teams thanks to his impressive displays this season, with Lotus one of those credited with an interest.

In September he did finish fifth in Monza but went one better in Korea on Sunday after holding off Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg.

Hulkenberg admitted earlier in the week that a decision over his future was imminent and he could not have timed his fine finish any better with onlooking teams weighing up a move for the German.

The 26-year-old was obviously delighted with the result but made a move to play down the effect it could potentially have on his future career.

“I am pleased just for the sake of having done a good result. Mega team effort, 12 points, for us it’s a big thing,” he told Sky Sports F1.

“But I don’t think this result only will change my future day and night. People have looked at me, if they’re interested, for more time. Obviously today is good, no question and no argument, but they just don’t look at one race do they? I don’t hope so at least!”

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