Ocon to join Renault for test in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes will allow Sebastian Ocon to be released early in order to test with his new team, Renault F1, in Abu Dhabi.

Ocon, who is Mercedes’ current reserve driver will will join the French squad on December 2, the day after the Abu Dhabi GP.

He will then be able to take part in the 2020 Pirelli tyre test, driving the Renault on both the Tuesday and the Wednesday.

Ocon retains a management relationship with Mercedes and will still be on call as reserve driver until the qualifying session in Abu Dhabi.

His last official track drive was logged at Paul Ricard in October, when he participated in 2020 Pirelli testing with the current Mercedes W10.

With Ocon at Renault and Lewis Hamilton on Petronas promotional duties, Williams driver George Russell might be drafted in by Mercedes for the Pirelli test, which would potentially give more track time at Williams to Nicholas Latifi, who is expected to be confirmed as the replacement for Robert Kubica.

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