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Official: Hulkenberg joins Renault

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14/10/2016

Renault has officially announced that Nico Hulkenberg will join the team for 2017 as part of a multi-year deal.

Twenty-nine year-old Hulkenberg has raced in 111 Grands Prix since making his debut in 2010. His motorsport CV includes a Formula 1 pole position in his debut season, winning the GP2 Series at his first attempt as well as victory in his first Le Mans 24 Hours. Currently driving for Force India, Hulkenberg has previously raced for Williams and Sauber in Formula 1.

"2017 will be the second season of Groupe Renault's return as a manufacturer entry in Formula 1 and the next step in our journey," said Jerome Stoll, Renault Sport Racing Chairman. "This season has been about putting the foundations in place for future success.

"For our next step we required an experienced driver who is still hungry for podiums. Nico Hulkenberg fulfils this role perfectly and is an excellent complement to what we want to achieve. He is a highly talented, dedicated and motivated driver. Nico will enable us to harness all the hard work completed this season and translate it to improved results on track in 2017 and beyond. We look forward to seeing him in our new car for 2017."

"I'm very happy to join Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2017," added Hulkenberg. "Renault has always been a big player in the motorsport world that brings up incredible memories: in his stint with Renault, Michael Schumacher not only helped make Germany an F1 nation, he also sparked my enthusiasm and fire for racing. As a part of the Renault family, I want to develop the car and write new success stories.

"It has always been my dream to work for a manufacturer team. F1's new regulations will change the game and give our team a good opportunity. In the years to come, Renault will play a challenger role, which fits my approach to racing 100%. I can't wait to become part of the family.

"For the remaining races this year, I will give my best for Force India to reach fourth place in the constructors' championship. This would be a great achievement for the whole Force India team, the biggest success in its history and a great end to a fantastic time there.

"I am grateful that Force India has given me the chance to take up this new opportunity."

The team has yet to announce who will partner the German, while both current drivers, Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer are understood to be under consideration, the team is also eyeing reserve driver Esteban Ocon, currently on duty with Manor.

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1. Posted by REV77, 15/10/2016 14:22

"I think this is a good move for him. The days when he was considered by Ferrari are gone. He may have a chance to get a podium in a year or two with Renault..."

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