Did Nico Hulkenberg just confirm his Renault departure?

Nico Hulkenberg is expecting an “exciting” day at Spa-Francorchamps.

It is believed that Hulkenberg’s contract contains a clause that does not allow him to be replaced for the 2020 season unless he can find another landing spot, so perhaps the “more exciting Thursday” that he is referring to could have something to do with an announcement on his future since, after all, the Ocon to Renault deal does appear to be all but set in stone.

On the cover of its latest magazine edition, France’s Auto Hebdo announced Esteban Ocon’s return to the grid next year by publishing a photo of the current Mercedes reserve in Renault team gear.

As the caption to a photo of the Auto Hebdo cover starring Ocon in his yellow overalls, Hulkenberg said on Tuesday: “Finally a more exciting Thursday ahead.”

If Hulkenberg is ousted, it is expected that he will replace Romain Grosjean at Haas.

Frenchman Grosjean could then leave Formula 1 and enter Formula E, where he reportedly has already received an offer for 2020.

“We always emphasised that we will think about the drivers for next season during the summer break at the earliest,” Haas team boss Gunther Steiner said recently.

“Esteban Ocon is a very good driver, but we are not interested in having a driver for just one year. We will look at all the options in peace. Nico Hulkenberg is an interesting option for us,” he added.