Nico Hulkenberg has played down speculation he could leave Force India and join Renault for the 2017 season.

Hulkenberg cools Renault talk

Hulkenberg cools Renault talk

The German is reportedly still a target for Renault for next year despite earlier saying he will be staying with Force India.

Renault have Kevin Magnussen in situ but are looking for another driver for the new season, and Hulkenberg is aware of the speculation he is still on the team's radar.

"I have heard those rumours," he said. "But rumours are rumours and facts are facts."

Hulkenberg says he feels settled at Force India and has enjoyed growing with the team who have made an impact in F1.

"It is a great team," he said. "I have been with this team since 2011, apart from 2013, and it's a great bunch of people. I love working with them, it is a great environment.

"We are not a manufacturer. It is a private team so a nice, cosy good atmosphere. But at the same time very professional. I enjoy being part of it.

"Every year so far we have grown together and really established ourselves as one of the best teams right behind the top teams, and we have come a long way together."