It was a secret from Polichinelle since the announcement of the Valtteri Bottas extension at Mercedes earlier in the day. The reserve driver of the German team, Esteban Ocon, whose fate was linked to his Finnish counterpart, officially joins Renault for the next season of Formula 1. He finds in the French team Daniel Ricciardo, who will drive the other car of the firm, and pushes towards the exit Nico Hulkenberg.
Ocon, 22, had not found a flyer this season to everyone's surprise, after a strong debut in F1 with Manor Racing and Force India. The Habs, who have already played 50 Grands Prix in the premier category, had been barred by Ricciardo's surprising choice to join Renault, which had deprived him of a seat in the team. He finally found the place he was promised a year later.