Nico Hulkenberg has joked that he “needed a new girlfriend” after his “long marriage” with Force India.
The driver finished his association with Force India at the end of last season to make the switch to Renault for the upcoming campaign.
The German finished fourth in last year’s world championship and feels like the time is right for a new challenge.
When asked if he left Force India to get out of his comfort zone, Hulkenberg replied to the official Formula 1 website: “Exactly — after my long ‘marriage’ with Force India I felt I needed a new girlfriend! Jokes aside, I am deeply grateful to Force India and left on an absolute high note.
“…already in love with my new ‘girlfriend’ Renault.”
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) January 10, 2017
“We had the most successful year in the history of Force India: P4 in the constructors’ championship. That almost felt like dreaming the impossible dream — and the dream came true! Nevertheless, I am convinced that switching to a works team is the right step for me to achieve new successes. Both Renault and myself are challengers with good potential.”
Hulkenberg is aware that his target at Renault is to turn the French manufacturer into major contenders for the title.
“At Force India we were ‘best of the rest’ behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. But then again, we didn’t have the prerequisites and sheer power of manufacturers, who enter the competition under completely different conditions,” he added.
“At Force India we turned a little into a lot. At Renault the next few years will be about turning a participant into a real contender — one that makes use of the advantages of a manufacturer in the best way possible to achieve the racing success of the past. And believe me, we will!”