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Ocon to drive for Renault

Frenchman Esteban Ocon will join Australian Daniel Ricciardo at Renault from next season on a two-year contract, the French Formula One team said yesterday. Ocon, 22, is currently reserve driver with world champion team Mercedes, which announced earlier yesterday that Finland’s Valtteri Bottas would remain with the team next season. “We are very happy to work with Esteban for the next two seasons,” said Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul in a team statement. “Over his F1 career Esteban has experienced the highs and lows of the sport, and fully understood the need to seize every possible chance.” Renault is having a difficult season, currently languishing in sixth place in the constructors’ championship after scoring no points in the last two grands prix. Its preseason target was third place behind Mercedes and Red Bull. “First and foremost, I am very proud to become a Renault driver,” said Ocon, who began his Formula One career for Manor Racing in mid-2016.


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