Nico Hulkenberg believes Renault can play a "challenger role" in Formula One in the future after signing for the team from next season onwards.
The 29-year-old German was expected to be announced as Renault's first driver for 2017 and current team Force India released a statement on Friday morning confirming Hulkenberg would be leaving at the end of the year.
Now the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hour winner has been confirmed with the Enstone-based team on a multi-year deal, reported to be a two-year agreement with the potential for a third-year extension.
Speaking after the confirmation of his move, Hulkenberg paid homage to compatriot and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who collected his first two titles with the team in 1994 and 1995.
"I'm very happy to join Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2017," he said.
"Renault has always been a big player in the motorsport world that brings up incredible memories : in his stint with Renault, Michael Schumacher not only helped make Germany an F1 nation, he also sparked my enthusiasm and fire for racing.
"As a part of the Renault family, I want to develop the car and write new success stories."
Lewis Hamilton has demanded answers from Mercedes after he was forced to retire from the Malaysian Grand Prix after his engine caught fire.
He had been leading the Formula 1 race until his hopes went up in smoke on lap 43.
Mercedes said the internal combustion engine failure was unexpected with no prior warning signs.
Hamilton told BBC Radio 5 live: '"My question is to Mercedes. We have so many engines made, but mine are the only ones failing this year.
"Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable. We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me."
Nico Rosberg held off a dramatic late charge from Daniel Ricciardo to win the Singapore Grand Prix and move ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the title race.
Hamilton, who has been off colour all weekend at the Marina Bay street circuit, is now eight points behind his sole championship rival after he crossed the line only in third.
At one stage it looked as though it may be even worse for the Briton after an error midway through the race allowed Kimi Raikkonen to move ahead of him.
But a decision by Hamilton's Mercedes team to pit him for a third time saw the world champion move back ahead of Ferrari's Raikkonen and seal the final spot on the podium.
Nico Rosberg left a beleaguered Lewis Hamilton trailing in his wake after he secured pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix in emphatic fashion.
Rosberg, who will start his 200th Formula One race on Sunday, was a crushing seven tenths of a second faster than an off-colour Hamilton would could qualify only third at the Marina Bay street circuit.
Daniel Ricciardo split the championship rivals after he hauled his Red Bull on to the front row, albeit half a second adrift of Rosberg's outstanding lap.
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Lewis Hamilton extended his dominance of the Italian Grand Prix into a third successive year by claiming an emphatic pole position ahead of his championship rival Nico Rosberg.
The triple world champion, who is bidding to become the first driver since Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s to secure a hat-trick of consecutive wins at Monza, was incredibly nearly half-a-second faster than Rosberg.
In securing the 56th pole of a career Hamilton also joined his great hero Ayrton Senna and the aforementioned Fangio to claim a record five poles at the so-called Temple of Speed.
Sebastian Vettel, in front of the partisan Italian crowd, will start from third on the grid with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen alongside him on the second row.
Felipe Massa has announced he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old Brazilian broke the news at a press conference ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.
Massa began his grand prix career in 2002 with Sauber before he moved to Ferrari in 2006 and latterly Williams.
He missed out on the championship to Lewis Hamilton by one point in 2008 at the final race of the season in his native Brazil.
"I managed to achieve many of my dreams and I am very proud of my career," an emotional Massa said.
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