Nico Hulkenberg has signed for Renault for at least the next two seasons in a bid to finally end his podium drought and fulfil his true potential.
The German is set to leave Force India for a second time at the end of the season and move to the Enstone outfit that he so nearly joined at the end of 2013.
He has signed a deal for 2017 and 2018 and has an option for a third season with Renault in 2019. His teammate is rumoured to be young Frenchman Esteban Ocon, who currently drives for Manor and is locked in a tight teammate battle with fellow Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein.
Others such as Valtteri Bottas and current Renault drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer are also in contention to drive alongside the German next year.
Hulkenberg’s replacement could be Mercedes young driver Pascal Wehrlein, who has impressed in his rookie year and the team would receive cheaper Mercedes engines for running the German alongside recently re-signed lead driver Sergio Perez.
With four races remaining of his second stint at Force India, Hulkenberg sits ninth in the Drivers’ Championship behind his teammate Perez, while the team lies fourth in the Constructors’ Championship.
An official announcement from the team is imminent.