Date published: November 27 2019
The curtain will fall on Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault career in Abu Dhabi this weekend and both parties are determined to achieve the “best possible result” at the season finale.
Hulkenberg has spent the last three seasons with the French manufacturer, but they have opted to go with a Daniel Ricciardo-Esteban Ocon partnership for the 2020 season.
The German won’t be on the grid next year as Williams are the only team who have a seat open, but he has ruled out a return to his former team.
With his motorsport future up in the air, Hulkenberg wants to end his Renault career on a high.
“It’s been three memorable years for me at Renault. There have been highs and lows, but I’ve enjoyed my time as a driver here,” he said.
“We’ve had some great results and some ‘nearly’ moments, all of which I’ll remember for a very long time. I’d like to thank everyone at the team including my engineers and mechanics for all their effort over the last 61 races.
“We have one more to go and we’ll be giving it our all for the best possible result.”
Hulkenberg, who partnered Jolyon Palmer, Carlos Sainz and Ricciardo during his three seasons with the team, brought stability to Renault with team principal Cyril Abiteboul saying he played an “instrumental role” in their journey.
“[Nico’s] contribution has been instrumental in our reconstruction and progression,” he said.
“We have harnessed his experience and ability to deliver strong results and he has played an important role in Renault’s Formula 1 journey. We want to ensure we end our time together with the best result possible.”