PARIS, France – The RenaultSport Formula 1 team has announced that Nico Hülkenberg will join its team for 2017 as part of a multi-year deal.
Hülkenberg , 29, has raced in 111 F1 GP’s since his debut in 2010. His motorsport CV, RenaultSport said, includes an F1 pole in his debut season, winning the GP2 Series at his first attempt, and victory in his first Le Mans 24 Hours.
He’s currently driving for the Mercedes-powered Force India team but has also driven for the Williams and Sauber F1 teams.
Jérôme Stoll, RenaultSport’s racing chairman, told The Corner in a media release: “2017 will be the second season of Groupe Renault’s return as a manufacturer in F1 and the next step in our journey. This season has been about putting in the foundations for future success.
“For our next step we required an experienced driver still hungry for podiums. Hülkenberg fis this role perfectly – an excellent complement to what we want to achieve.
“He’s a talented, dedicated and motivated driver who will enable us to harness all the hard work completed this season (2016) and translate it to improved race results in 2017 and beyond.
“We look forward to seeing him in our new car in 2017.”
‘I WANT TO WRITE SUCCESS STORIES’
Hülkenberg was also quoted in the release: “I’m very happy to join RenaultSport for2017. Renault has always been a big player in motorsport.. there are incredible memories: Michael Schumacher not only made Germany an F1 nation during his time with the team but 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’s 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 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.”
‘THANKS FOR THE CHANCE’
The driver did, however, point out that for the rest of the 2017 season he would continue to give his best for Force India to reach fourth in the Constructors’ championship.
“This would be a great achievement,” he said, “for the whole Force India team, the biggest success in its history and a great end to a fantastic time there. I’m grateful the chance that Force India gave me.”