Nico Hulkenberg has completed his move to Renault on a multi year deal which could see him race for the team until 2019.
As expected over the last couple of weeks, the German will make the move from Force India to Renault at the end of the season. Although highly regarded he has never driver for a manufacturer team, having driven for Williams, Force India and Sauber all considered midfield teams at the time, off the back of a successful junior career in which he won the GP2 championship, Formula 3 and Formula BMW.
A statement though Renault said, 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.
“I am grateful that Force India has given me the chance to take up this new opportunity.”