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F1 Gossip: Ocon came ‘very close’ to 2020 Mercedes seat

- Esteban Ocon reckons he came “very close” to landing a seat with Mercedes for 2020. Ocon was in contention to replace Valtteri Bottas for the upcoming year, and claims talks continued to the “last moment”, but ultimately missed out on the drive, instead joining Renault (N) - Lewis Hamilton has expanded on his decision to switch to a vegan diet and its benefits for his on-track abilities, saying he's "always trying to raise the bar" (Daily Mail) - Ex-Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin is set to open a new karting academy in his native Russia later this month, linking up with his state backer, SMP Racing (Formula Spy) - Former Williams head of vehicle performance Rob...
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