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.