Nico Hulkenberg has no preference over who is his Formula 1 teammate at Renault in 2018, saying he is “happy to race with anyone”.

Hulkenberg joined Renault for the 2017 season and has led its charge, scoring all of its 34 points so far as teammate Jolyon Palmer has struggled for form.

Palmer is widely expected to be replaced by Renault at the end of the season, with the likes of Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Robert Kubica all linked with his seat.

Hulkenberg is not fussed about the identity of his teammate for next year, though, instead focusing on his own on-track performances and doing his best for the team.

“I think it’s not my decision at all, so probably a decision for Cyril [Abiteboul] and the management,” Hulkenberg said.

“I think they just want a good competitive driver package. I’d be happy to race with anyone, alongside anyone.

“For me, I’m obviously focused on myself and make sure everything is moving in the right direction there with me.”

Sainz appears to be leading the chase for the Renault seat, but is under contract with Toro Rosso for next season and would need to be bought out of his deal.

Should the French manufacturer agree its switch from supplying Toro Rosso to McLaren for 2018, it is thought a deal to bring Sainz on board could be tied up in the same discussions.


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