"He's smart, efficient and doesn't mess around, although he does have a particularly good sense of humour. He's determined to deliver and he's remarkably resilient, probably much more than we are in engineering!
"We've had some great races together, but the history books won't do justice to them."
Cyril Abiteboul was ultimately the man responsible for Hulkenberg's departure, but also offered a glowing review of the German's time at Renault.
"It is clear that Nico has been instrumental in our progress through F1," the team principle said.
"We needed a driver who had the experience and maturity to help us take the next step and we couldn't have asked any more of him.
"It wasn't an easy decision as he has many strong attributes: he's a great driver, always motivated and looking and pushing for more, which has, in turn, spurred us on. We wish him every luck for the future and sincerely thank him for his huge contribution to Renault F1 Team over the past three years."
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