Connect with us

2018 F1

Racing third Mercedes ‘would be fantastic’ – Ocon

Published

on

  • 1
    Share

Esteban Ocon agrees that introducing three cars per team would solve his problem in F1.

With Lance Stroll set to move up to Force India, Frenchman Ocon could be left without a seat.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has suggested that F1 allowing teams to enter third cars for young drivers would be a solution.

“It would be fantastic,” Ocon smiled at Monza.

“I would be very happy if young drivers like myself, Charles Leclerc and George Russell had those opportunities. But I can’t see it happening so I don’t want to think about it.”

He is not yet out of the running at McLaren for 2019, but Ocon admits he might need to think about switching to DTM or Super Formula.

“If there’s no place we’ll see, but for now I am completely focused on formula one,” said Ocon.

As for the McLaren option, he responded: “I’m glad to hear Zak Brown said that, because McLaren is a great team with a great history and I have no doubt that sooner or later they will return to the fight.

“But it’s not up to me to answer. I have a contract with Mercedes and if they decide some option is optimal for my future, that’s what it will be.”

Mercedes’ Wolff proposed the third car idea because it is not just Ocon struggling to find a seat, but also Pascal Wehrlein and George Russell.

He rules out the millions it would cost for Mercedes to set up a Toro Rosso-style B team.

“If we do not succeed in being able to find a solution for all three of our (junior) drivers, then I will raise the question of the effectiveness of our development programme,” said Wolff.

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F123 hours ago

Pascal Wehrlein on pole for 2019 Toro Rosso race seat

1SharePascal Wehrlein has emerged as a top candidate to return to F1 next year. Just days ago, Mercedes admitted that...

2018 F123 hours ago

I’ll be with Force India until the end of 2018 – Ocon

1ShareEsteban Ocon says he should keep his Force India cockpit for the rest of the 2018 season. Earlier, there was...

2018 F123 hours ago

FIA clears legality of Ferrari’s camera-blocking ‘fan’

1ShareF1’s governing body has cleared Ferrari to keep using a controversial airbox fan. In the Singapore pits, the Italian team...

2018 F12 days ago

Ricciardo is worth top dollar – Alain Prost

1SharePaying the big bucks for Daniel Ricciardo is an expense that Renault can fully justify. That is the view of...

2018 F12 days ago

Vettel feeling pressure of 2018 F1 title battle – Red Bull

1ShareSebastian Vettel often struggles with pressure. That is the view of Adrian Newey, Red Bull’s famous technical boss who penned...

2018 F12 days ago

Red Bull excluding Ricciardo from meetings

1ShareDaniel Ricciardo is set to be given the cold shoulder by Red Bull. The Australian is moving from the energy...

2018 F12 days ago

Recovering Lauda ‘a lot better’ now – brother

1ShareNiki Lauda’s brother says the F1 legend is “a lot better” as he recovers from a lung transplant. The F1...

2018 F13 days ago

Verstappen reveals ‘close to retire’ because of false neutrals

1Share  Following the impressive second place finish at Singapore Grand Prix, Max Verstappen reveals that he came close to having...

2018 F13 days ago

Hamilton extends title lead after Singapore win

1ShareLewis Hamilton claimed a lights to flag victory, at the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix held at the Marina Bay Circuit....

2018 F13 days ago

Lewis Hamilton cruises to Singapore GP win

1ShareLewis Hamilton grabs his 69th career win and record-equalling fourth here in Singapore Grand Prix. Max Verstappen made second place...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media