No surprise to many as the F1 rumour mill has been working overdrive with Mercedes confirming Bottas for another season, Renault have followed that with announcing Esteban Ocon will drive for them alongside Daniel Ricciardo from next season.
Mercedes has exercised it's option to extend it's contract with Valterri Bottas for the 2020 F1 season, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said "The results we have achieved together with Valtteri are no coincidence: he has been an integral part of our championship success in the past two seasons, his teamwork with Lewis has been exemplary and he has shown real strength of character in how he has responded to setbacks. I’m delighted that he will stay with the team for another season at least – and look forward to seeing him raise the bar even further.”
Renault state that Ocon has signed a multi-year contract, after spending this season as the third driver for the current world champions, I suspect Ocon will be chomping at the bit to once again demonstrate his race craft on track.
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal Renault F1 Team comments "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"
What are your thoughts, excited to see Ocon back in F1? Has Bottas earnt the right to challenge Hamilton in 2020 at Mercedes?