Frederic Vasseur, Boss of the Renault team, and that coincided with Nico Hülkenberg in the computer ART from F3 Euroseries and GP2 -which won both titles-, asserts that the choice of German is a safe value and one of the best options that the market could offer.
Vasseur has always insisted that they were looking for a pilot with tour, but with a reputation already acquired, and the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 with Porsche, has finally been chosen. “I Think for us is, of the market, without doubt one of the best drivers. I knew him from the junior categories, is a rider who has won everything from Formula BMW to F3 or GP2. It is a safe bet”.
Renault has the appeal of being a team with the support of a brand behind, something that only Mercedes and Ferrari -and, to a lesser extent Red Bull and McLaren – they can say. To Vasseur, that has been one of the points that has convinced Nico Hülkenberg. “I Think that Nico is at a point of his career in which it has been realized that it has to work with a builder and there are not many in the F1. Projects that are potentially winners in the medium term, there is none. And soon realized that it was an interesting idea for him. The delivery of Nico was an important step for us”.
Now Renault is focused on confirming that the second pilot that, in principle, should be Esteban Ocon, as that has been the intention of the brand to the diamond for months. However, the young frenchman has to confirm the potential that is assumed in its involvement with Manor, and, if this were not so, other drivers such as Kevin Magnussen have options. “Now let’s get into the heart of the matter with respect to the second pilot. It is a matter of days or weeks”.