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Renault explains 'difficult call' to drop Hulkenberg for 2020

Renault Formula 1 chief Cyril Abiteboul has explained the “difficult call” the team made to drop Nico Hulkenberg in favour of signing Esteban Ocon for the 2020 season, denying it was linked to the latter’s nationality. Renault confirmed on Thursday that it had signed Ocon for next year in place of Hulkenberg, whose contract with the team will expire at the end of the year after three seasons. Speaking on Friday in Belgium, Abiteboul stressed it was a “difficult call” for Renault to make, but said there was a need to change the dynamic at the team. “It’s difficult because we all love Nico in the team,” Abiteboul said. “He has been instrumental to the progress that we have...
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