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F1: Nico Hülkenberg to switch to Renault Sport in 2017

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15 Oct 2016 17:25:16 IST

The Renault Sport Formula 1 Team hasannounced that Nico Hlkenberg will join them for the 2017 season of Formula 1. An official Renault statement has indicated that Hlkenberg hassigneda "multi-year deal" with the team.

The 29-year-old German race driver made his F1 debut in 2010,and has competedin 111 F1 races thus far. The highlights of hiscareer include a pole position upon his GP2 Asia Series debut at the third round of the 2008-09 season at Bahrain. He also took the GP2 title for ART Grand Prix in 2009. Hlkenberg's more recent motorsport success has comein the form of a win at the2015 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he competed for Porsche, sharing driving duty in the No.19 919 Hybrid along with Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy.

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1. Sahara Force India F1 Team Livery Launch, Soumaya Museum, Mexico City, Mexico. Wednesday 21st January 2015.After six years with theSahara Force India F1 team, Nico Hlkenberg will switch to Renault F1 for the 2017 season

While there are no official figures, it is believed that Hlkenberg will earna sum of approximately $20 million for a period of two years with Renault Sport F1.The German driver, who currentlyraces for the Sahara Force India racing team, joined the Silverstone-based squad in 2011, following a stint with Williams F1 the previous year.

Commenting on his new dealwith Renault Sport, Hlkenbergsaid, 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 per cent. I can't wait to become part of the family."

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