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Nico Hülkenberg joins Renault for 2017 season - The Hulk leaves Force India for pastures new

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Nico Hülkenberg joins Renault for 2017 season
Credit: Sahara Force India F1 Team
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It was rumoured a few days before the announcement but finally it became official as Nico Hülkenberg tweeted a picture of himself outside the Renault motorhome indicating his new friends for next season. The German has been with Force India for six years, with a brief sabbatical at Sauber in 2013. After four consecutive seasons with barely a podium to show for it, Nico has opted to move to the French squad for a multi-year deal.

He says: “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.” He added that he’ll continue to fight this season to help Force India in their aims for fourth place in the championship.

Meanwhile, it’s not clear who he’ll be replacing but Renault’s chairman Jérôme Stoll says: “For our next step we require an experienced driver who is still hungry for podiums… Nico fulfils this role perfectly and is an excellent complement to what we want to achieve.”