Ocon Has Signed A Two Year Deal With Renault

Ocon Has Signed A Two Year Deal With Renault

After weeks of intense speculation, it's finally been confirmed that Esteban Ocon will move to Renault for 2020

It was crazy enough that Ocon wasn’t able to find a seat for this season so it seemed incredibly unlikely that he’d be left on the sidelines for two years in a row - the only question was where he would end up.

He was in contention for a place at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton but, despite a poor last couple of raced, Valtteri Bottas has upped his game sufficiently this year to earn a place with the Silver Arrows for a fourth season in 2020.

Instead of clinging onto Ocon ‘just in case’, it seems Mercedes has done the decent thing and allowed him to seek opportunities with other non-Mercedes teams for the benefit of his own career and, as widely predicted, he’s ended up at Renault.

Funnily enough, he was on the cusp of being a Renault driver this season until Daniel Ricciardo swooped in and pinched the seat: now the two will be teammates. Ocon said of the news:

“First and foremost, I am very proud to become a Renault driver. I have grown up at Enstone, starting with Lotus in 2010 and then with Renault. I am very attached to this team and everyone who works there; they are the ones who opened the doors of top level motorsport for me. Secondly, I am pleased that a team with big ambitions has entrusted me with the opportunity to once again demonstrate my skills at the highest level of F1. It is a responsibility I take very seriously. The confidence they have in me to help the progression of the team is a very positive pressure and I look forward to giving the best of myself.”

That also means that Nico Hulkenberg is out of a seat, though he’s expected to be joining Haas in place of Romain Grosjean.