Ocon arrives at Renault with a lot of knowledge from his time at Mercedes

13-02-2020 18:41
by Joseph Tyrrell
F1 News
Ocon arrives at Renault with a lot of knowledge from his time at Mercedes

Esteban Ocon arrives at Renault having spent 2019 working as Mercedes' reserve driver. The Frenchman has admitted he joins Renault with a lot more knowledge which he could be able to share with his new team.

Ocon sat out the 2019 season after being dropped by Racing Point. Instead, he worked as Mercedes' reserve driver but received very limited opportunities and when he was confirmed to be moving to Renault he was gradually phased out.

The French driver will take plenty of information with him and it could help Renault in their midfield battle. 

"I come out of there a lot stronger than I was, with a lot more knowledge on the technical side, but also on the other aspects of the organisation, the way they see things in different conditions, the way they just behave in any situation," Ocon said at Renault's 2020 car launch.

"I had an eye on all of that, which is completely different than even if I was driving, you know? So, definitely it has helped me.

"Of course, this year I was trying to give, to some extent, some of that - you have to be professional always, not give all the secrets, because the engineers, they all have to be a year out before coming back to another team, it's not the case for a driver."

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