Nico Hülkenberg will leave Force India at the end of this season to join Renault for 2017, as part of a multi-year deal with the team. He is the first driver announced to be racing with the Enstone-based squad next season.
The German driver reckons he is grateful that Force India has given him the chance to take up this new opportunity after agreeing to his departure before the end of his contract.
“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.“
Nico Hülkenberg has raced in 111 Formula 1 Grands Prix since his debut in 2010. His CV includes a F1 pole position in his debut season, winning the GP2 series at his first attempt as well as victory in his first Le Mans 24 Hours. Hülkenberg has previously raced for Williams and Sauber in Formula 1.