UPDATE 2-Motor racing-Hulkenberg to race for Renault from 2017
* German signs multi-year deal with Renault
* Move opens up coveted vacancy at Force India (Writes through after Renault confirmation)
By Alan Baldwin
LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg will leave Force India and race for Renault in 2017 after signing a multi-year deal with the French manufacturer.
"It has always been my dream to work for a manufacturer team. F1's new regulations will change the game and give our team a good opportunity," the 2015 Le Mans winner said in a statement on Friday.
"In the years to come, Renault will play a challenger role, which fits my approach to racing 100 percent."
Mercedes-powered Force India are fourth in the championship, ahead of Williams, and Hulkenberg's departure will leave a coveted vacancy.
Renault, who bought the failing Lotus team at the end of last year, are struggling in ninth place but - as former champions with strong resources - can be expected to become far more competitive.
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