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Nico Hulkenberg to join Renault for 2017 season

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Nico Hulkenberg made headlines this week with the news of an upcoming two-year deal with Renault, commencing at the start of 2017. 

The German Formula One driver has agreed a release from his existing contract, and will leave Force India at the end of the current season.

Hulkenberg has had two stints at Force India, with a combined time period of five seasons racing for the team. Only a short stint at Team Sauber for the 2013 season separates them.


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The 29-year-old racing star will feature as Renault's lead driver for the 2017 and '18 seasons, with a further option to extend for an extra year, should both parties agree.

Hulkenberg is said to be "very happy" at making the deal, and - with regard to the fact that Renault is a manufacturers team - he has been quoted as saying that such a move has "always been a dream" for him.

Hulkenberg reaction 

In an interview on his new deal, Hulkenberg said: "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 may come as no surprise to many that Hulkenberg is delighted with his new contract. The terms of the deal are said to include a salary of somewhere in the region of £17 million, over the course of the minimum two season term.

Force India have taken a humble stance in the media since news of Hulkenberg's impending departure hit the headlines.

When questioned of his thoughts on the matter, team boss Vijay Mallya commented: "It would be wrong to stand in his way."

Renault Sport Racing chairman Jerome Stoll said the team had recruited "an experienced driver who is still hungry for podiums."

The number two seat at Renault has not yet been filled for the 2017 season, and they are said to be interested in Williams driver Valtteri Bottas - among others - who is in salary negotiations with his current team. 

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