Renault F1 Team today announced, Frenchman Esteban Ocon will make a return to the F1 grid in 2020 season alongside Daniel Ricciardo for the Enstone based outfit.
Ocon was a part of Mercedes young driver programme, And after being dropped by racing point for this season he had joined Mercedes AMG F1 as a reserve driver.
Mercedes itself confirmed that Valtteri Bottas will continue with the team for another season alongside Lewis Hamilton, This allowed Renault to poach Esteban Ocon.
Ocon will replace Nico Hulkenberg who after having 2 seasons with the french based outfit is currently contract-less but is believed to be in the run for one of the seats at Haas F1 team.
Here's what Esteban Ocon had to say:
"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."
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal Renault F1 Team:br />"We are very happy to work with Esteban for the next two seasons. Over his F1 career Esteban has experienced the highs and lows of the sport, and fully understood the need to seize every possible chance. In addition to lending his natural talent, Esteban’s aim will be to focus his natural energy and drive, both of which have been intensified by a year away from racing. It is then up to us to infuse them into the next phase of the team’s progress.
"He has shown his ability to score points, has great professionalism on and off the track, plus his recent experience as reserve driver to the current world champions will be a valuable asset to the development of our entire team.
"I wish to thank Nico for his phenomenal involvement and massive contribution to our progress over the past three seasons. When Nico decided to join us, the team was ninth. He brought us to fourth place last year, and was classified seventh in the drivers’ championship. The imminent end of his contract made this decision a difficult one as Nico has been a pillar of this progress. The first part of this season has been more challenging, but I know we can count on him and deliver together throughout the second half of the year."