Hulkenberg came close to joining Ferrari earlier this season when the team confirmed Felipe Massa would not be retained, with the Maranello marque instead opting to re-sign Kimi Raikkonen.
Hulkenberg has also been linked with McLaren the past two years, but last season the team opted for Sergio Perez as replacement for Lewis Hamilton.
This season, in deciding to ditch Perez after just one year, McLaren have chosen to promote development driver Kevin Magnussen.
Hulkenberg is currently the preferred option of Lotus, but with their deal with Quantum Motorsports in limbo, it is likely he will rejoin Force India after ditching them last season for Sauber, or remain with the Swiss marque.
Although highly rated by many, asked as to his frustration he finds himself likely to remain in the midfield for 2014, Hulkenberg said: "I'm a little bit disappointed, yes.
"On the other hand it is only my third year in F1. Other guys have had to wait a bit longer than that for the big opportunity.
"Of course, you are impatient and you want to be in a competitive car as quick as you can, but then it would be nice to be somewhere.
"With Ferrari it was close, but it didn't happen for the reasons we know, and McLaren, I don't know, they seem to have no interest. I don't know why."
Lotus have made no secret of their desire to sign Hulkenberg, but even they are starting to lose patience with frontman Mansoor Ijaz.
With Lotus poised to sign Pastor Maldonado given his sponsorship with Venezuelan oil and gas giant PDVSA should Quantum fail to deliver, that will narrow Hulkenberg's options.
"This is not just a situation that I am waiting for Lotus and for Quantum. That is not the truth," added Hulkenberg.
"It is a matter of getting everything together and negotiating the right deal with the teams that are in the hunt.
"The whole Lotus situation has been around for weeks and it is an ongoing process on the side, but it is not that I am waiting every day for a call from them.
"Obviously there's danger (of missing out) so you need to be careful, keep eyes and ears open.
"But there are options and opportunities and interest from teams, and as long as we have that then there is a good chance I will be here (next year)."