The Renault Sport F1 Team announced today that Nico Hulkenberg has joined the outfit on a multi-year contract from 2017 onwards.
Hulkenberg who is currently driving for the Sahara Force India Formula One Team commented on the new deal by saying:
“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.”
Hulkenberg began his Formula One career with the Williams Formula One Team in 2010 and took pole position at the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix.
In 2011, the German joined Sahara Force India spending two seasons with the Silverstone based outfit before moving to the Sauber F1 Team in 2013, the Hulk spent one year with the Swiss team before returning to Force India in 2014.
Speaking about Hulkenberg’s arrival at Enstone, Renault Sport Racing Chairman Jerome Stroll commented by saying:
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. 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 Hülkenberg 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.
It is not yet known who will join Hulkenberg at the Enstone based outfit.