As I mentioned a few days ago, Nico Hulkenberg was in discussions with Renault about a three year deal. The German media is now reporting that he has signed a two year deal with an option for a third year. This is a leap of faith based on the idea that Renault will improve dramatically and will overhaul Force India and others and ultimately give The Hulk the success that his talent deserves. He will also get paid decent money and will be with a factory operation, which is important. As Renault improves the seat should become more valuable than a Red Bull, because eventually the Renault factory team should be able to beat its customer. It’s a decent gamble. This means that Force India will now have a seat to sell and that decision will now be down to who is considered the best compromise between talent and funding. Kevin Magnussen is a good possible candidate, as is Jolyon Palmer although both will possibly want to stay at Renault. The Enstone team would like Valtteri Bottas, but Williams cannot really afford to let him go as Lance Stroll has yet to establish himself in F1. The paddock in Austin will, no doubt, be filled with gossip about who goes where. There are two other men to watch, the Mercedes juniors: Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon. Force India might take Wehrlein in exchange for a reduction in engine costs, but at the moment the team is believed to be asking for too much. Ocon, on the other hand, has long been tipped to join Renault, as he is French. The problem is that he has an underlying Mercedes contract, which would need to be negotiated away if he was to join Renault fulltime.