Esteban Ocon: "I am very proud to become a Renault driver"

29-08-2019 13:17
by Matt Gretton
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Esteban Ocon: I am very proud to become a Renault driver

Esteban Ocon says he is "proud to become a Renault driver" after growing up with the team when he was younger. Ocon has been sat inside the Mercedes garage during the 2019 Formula 1 season but will sign for Renault after Valtteri Bottas upped his game. 

"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," Ocon said. 

Renault themselves are pushing to become one of the top teams in Formula 1 after struggling over recent seasons. They're in the middle of a five-year plan to return to the top but have taken a backwards step this year. 

Despite that, Ocon is inspired by the ambition the team are showing to lift themselves higher. 

"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," Ocon added. 

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