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Wolff: Ocon 'guaranteed' a good seat in 2020

  • Published on 21 Oct 2018 11:33
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says that his junior driver Esteban Ocon is guaranteed a good seat in Formula 1 when 2020 rolls around. The Frenchman could be without a drive for next year, as he is looking to Williams as his last opportunity.

The 22-year-old is set to leave Force India at the end of the year to be replaced by Lance Stroll. Ocon confirmed that he is in talks with Williams over a 2019 seat, but the team say that there are many factors to consider before taking him on, such as the money he will bring.

Ocon has impressed in his so far short F1 career and had deals on the table with Renault and McLaren earlier this year before they decided to look the other way. The former Manor driver has been linked with Valtteri Bottas' seat at Mercedes in 2020, and Wolff says that he will absolutely be in a good position in twelve months time.

"You know they say only fools are optimists, and in July I was really optimistic of having Esteban in a Renault,” said Wolff. “So I don’t know. It’s not our call. Williams needs to make up their mind who they think is the best driver for their team.

“It’s not only Esteban, I think there’s Robert [Kubica] in the frame and others," the Austrian continued. "And all of them deserve the chance, so Williams will make their choice.

"We are prepared for ‘Plan B’ with Esteban, one thing I can guarantee for you is he’s going to be in a good car in 2020 because there are many teams out there that have an interest in Esteban. We will try to facilitate [things] where we can but there’s nothing I could say ‘this is going to help him into the car’.”

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  • Knowing Wolff, he is guaranteed a good seat in 2020 until a new shinier thing is available, and he is no longer guaranteed a good seat in 2020.

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    • Oct 21 2018 - 13:36
  • boudy

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    Don't believe him. If he has an bad season in the Williams they will not put him in a mercedes, Also he hasn't really shown anything amazing the jury is still out on him.

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    • Oct 21 2018 - 23:31
    • Alonzo

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      You're right about Ocon not showing anything amazing, but neither did Bottas... I bet they keep Bottas past 2019 into 2020, then probably bring in Russell (2020 maybe if he kills it in 2019), Ocon is just insurance in case G Russell tanks.... My 2 cents....

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      • Oct 22 2018 - 17:02
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