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Nico Hulkenberg makes first appearance in Renault colors

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Nico Hulkenberg has made his first appearance in Renault colors following his move to the team for the 2017 Formula 1 season.

Hulkenberg opted to leave Force India at the end of 2016 in favor of a move to Renault, with the French manufacturer continuing to rebuild its F1 efforts after returning as a constructor last year.

Hulkenberg will race alongside sophomore Jolyon Palmer in 2017, with Kevin Magnussen moving to Haas and freeing up a seat at Renault in the process.

Hulkenberg made his first appearance in Renault colors during a short video produced by the team where he wished fans a happy new year.

Then followed the kind of Twitter banter that Renault, Force India and Mercedes have become beloved for in recent years.

Hulkenberg will make his first official appearance behind the wheel of a Renault F1 car during pre-season testing, which starts on February 27 in Barcelona, Spain.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.