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Ocon: Renault swap justified by Ricciardo's 'better pace'

Esteban Ocon says a lack of grip suffered during his second stint at Sochi led to Renault's decision to order the Frenchman to swap positions with teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Ocon enjoyed a strong start to his Russian Grand Prix, moving up from P7 on the grid to fourth on the opening lap, just behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen. But after taking on a set of hard tyres on lap 18, the Renault charger found himself struggling for grip and unable to get the measure of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. That compelled the Renault pitwall to swap its drivers positions to allow Ricciardo a chance to move forward, which the Aussie eventually did, concluding his race P5, two spots ahead of Ocon. "It was...
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