Renault F1 team poised to sign Nico Hulkenberg for 2017 season

Renault is poised to sign Nico Hulkenberg to its Formula 1 driver line-up for 2017

Renault F1 team poised to sign Nico Hulkenberg for 2017 season

Autosport understands both team and driver are hoping to close out a two-year deal, with an option for a third season, before the next race in the United States.

Hulkenberg, however, is currently contracted to Force India for next season, and while it is believed there is an escape clause, the hitch for the parties concerned is in attempting to interpret its detail.

Hulkenberg is eager to make the move from Force India, with Renault aiming to sign an experienced name to lead the team.

Hulkenberg's current Force India team-mate Sergio Perez came close to joining the French manufacturer, only to get cold feet over what he saw as difficulties behind the scenes and instead take up the option to remain with the Silverstone-based team.

Renault also made an approach for Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr, only to be rebuffed as Red Bull believes he still has a long-term future as part of its F1 set-up.

Hulkenberg's experience is seen as crucial to helping Renault move forward in F1 following a difficult return this year as a works team.

Since making his debut in 2010 with Williams, the 27-year-old has since gone on to make 111 starts, spending four years with Force India overall, along with a season with Sauber in 2013.

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