Nico Hulkenberg chasing breakthrough F1 podium in 2016

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Nico Hulkenberg has set his sights on bouncing back from an underwhelming 2015 campaign by scoring his first podium finish in Formula 1 this year.

2015 proved to be a disappointing season in F1 for Hulkenberg, yielding a best finish of sixth en route to tenth place in the drivers’ standings.

The Force India driver hit the headlines by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Porsche in June, and continues to be tipped for a seat further up the field in the future.

However, Hulkenberg is only looking at 2016 for the time being when he hopes to score his long-awaited first podium finish in F1 and bounce back from a disappointing season.

“Some things will always be beyond your control,” Hulkenberg told the official F1 website. “But you have to constantly learn from any mistake, especially your own. This is how you get better, and this is what matters.

“I want to make this my best season in F1. In terms of points and my position at the season’s end. And I want to push myself on to the podium – hopefully and finally!

“For that, I will just do what I do best: drive fast and enjoy what I love doing!”

Hulkenberg has been linked with Ferrari consistently over the past four years as a possible replacement for firstly Felipe Massa and, more recently, Kimi Raikkonen.

However, the Italian marque’s interest in the German appears to have cooled recently thanks to the impression made by the likes of Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

When asked about a possible move to Ferrari in the future, Hulkenberg was coy, and instead chose to focus on his current commitments with Force India.

“Right now I am very happy where I am,” Hulkenberg said.

“Force India is a cool team. And dreaming is a dangerous thing in F1 – especially dreaming in red.”