Nico Hulkenberg to drive for Renault for the 2017 Formula One season
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 14, 2016 Updated: 7:32 AM
Force India have announced Nico Hulkenberg will leave the team at the end of the Formula One season and will be joining the Renault Sport F1 team.
Announcement was made early Friday that Hulkenberg was would be leaving the team, with Renault confirming he will be arriving next season on a ''multi-year'' deal. Renault did not elaborate.
“I’m very happy to join Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2017. 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,” said Hulkenberg.
“I am grateful that Force India has given me the chance to take up this new opportunity.”
Having raced 113 Formula One Grands Prix since making his debut with Williams in 2010, Hulkenberg’s career stats includes a pole position in his debut season, a victory in his first Le Mans 24 Hours. He has also previously raced for Williams and Sauber.
Renault now has just one remaining seat available for 2017, with many drivers rumored, including current drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer.