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Ocon to hitch Renault on 2 December

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Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon (standing subsequent to Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul) has competed in 50 System 1 races

Esteban Ocon will formally join Renault on 2 December, the day after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Enormous Prix.

The Frenchman, who is Mercedes reserve driver this year, became as soon as announced as Daniel Ricciardo’s 2020 workforce-mate in August.

Nonetheless it had no longer been obvious till now exactly when he would dart away Mercedes and include his new feature.

The 23-year-old, who replaces Nico Hulkenberg, will pressure for Renault at the Abu Dhabi test on 3-4 December.

Ocon excellent raced in F1 in 2018, the 2nd of his two seasons with the Power India workforce, now recognized as Racing Level. He additionally raced for the now defunct Manor workforce within the 2nd half of 2016.

Ricciardo will no longer be using at the Abu Dhabi test as Ocon will get to know his new workforce and affords solutions on their 2019 automobile, to boot to attempting out the new tyres Pirelli has designed for subsequent season, which is the predominant motive of the test.

On the other hand, there stays uncertainty as to whether the new Pirelli tyres can be old fashioned subsequent year.

The aim in designing them is to win tyres which could maybe be less honest to overheating and on which drivers can push more difficult in races, a criticism of Pirelli since it began in F1 nine years ago.

But drivers were unimpressed by the 2020 tyres after they tried them in discover at the US Enormous Prix earlier this month.

Esteban Ocon completed sixth on four times whereas racing for Power India at some stage within the 2018 season

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who first tried the tyres in a test at Barcelona in October, said within the slay weekend’s Brazilian Enormous Prix: “It’s maybe supreme to supply them one other dart.

“On the opposite hand, the targets that were space out to originate we maybe didn’t originate. I had a day in Barcelona, the unsuitable-register Austin. The solutions wasn’t obvious and within the stay we strive to win a step forward and within the stay we look what comes out.”

Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola said the chilly climate in Austin had made it no longer easy to direct the tyres effectively and that Abu Dhabi would present a “extra legitimate” comparability with the 2019 tyres.

After the Abu Dhabi test, Isola said, Pirelli would take a seat down with groups, governing body the FIA and F1 to “talk about the final consequence of the test and look what is healthier for the sport”.

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