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Ricciardo deal was ‘extremely sensible', not ‘stupid money'

Photo by: Remember back in 2015 when Renault announced they were buying the Lotus Renault GP team and entering Formula 1 for the 2016 season with Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer as its drivers with Esteban Ocon in reserve? Back then, the discussion we were having was whether those two drivers were the drivers to hand seats to for a full works team. I argued that they are perfectly fine drivers and that at that time, the car was the biggest issue, not the drivers. After that season—they finished in ninth place with eight points—they hired Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen left to join Haas F1. They retained Palmer but then let him go in favor of Carlos Sainz...
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