Renault also decided to retain Jolyon Palmer, who completed his maiden season in Formula One in 2016. Renault initially approached Kevin Magnussen, but after the Dane felt there was no commitment offered from the team, he left to join Haas.
“Our driver line up for 2017 shows our intent and aspirations," Vasseur said. "Nico comes to the team at a perfect time for both us and him. He has experience of working with different teams, including those we expect to be our rivals next season.
"As well as a significant amount of experience, he has youth and hunger on his side. He has been a driver hungry for the right opportunity to help build a team and we are that team. It’s a perfect match.
“Jolyon has shown great development over the course of his rookie season with us, combined with his motivating approach and team spirit, and we feel we have a very good driver line-up for what we want to achieve in 2017.”
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing