Nico Hulkenberg says he is up for the ‘’massive challenge’’ at Renault, having announced a move to the French manufacturer earlier this month.
Renault is currently undergoing a rebuilding process, having taken over the cash-strapped Lotus squad in December, 2015.
Lack of development on the chassis side has meant the team currently sits a lowly ninth in the championship, only ahead of Manor and Sauber.
But Hulkenberg says he is fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead, and is keen on growing together as a team.
“We know at the moment there is still a long journey ahead of them,” he said. “To climb back to the top because it’s been a difficult year and where they’ve come from, when they bought Lotus last year was not the easiest situation.”
“So it will take time to rebuild the team and to get back to the top but obviously what I see there is a good future, definitely a big challenge, a massive challenge but I’m very much up for that and why not build a new success story with them?”
After spending five years at Force India and establishing himself as one of the best drivers on the grid, Hulkenberg feels it was the right time to move to a different team and set himself for a new challenge.
“Yeah, I believe that it’s the right step in my career at this point. I feel I have come a long way with Force India – it’s my fifth year with them. We’ve had some good success together. But I felt that it’s time for a new challenge,’’ he explained.
“Since I’m in F1 I’ve always wanted to race for a manufacturer team and this is a really good opportunity. The timing was pretty good too. So I think it was a good decision I think from my side.”
by Rachit Thukral