Esteban Ocon says that his dedication to training will pay off as he aims to transform under the new weight rules of Formula 1.
Ocon will sit out the 2019 season but will work closely with Mercedes ahead of a targeted return for the 2020 season. This year, new rules regarding weight mean that drivers will be weighed separately from the cars, a move that will benefit heavier drivers.
Ocon was one of the heaviest drivers on the grid and therefore had little body fat in order to minimise the potential time loss by being heavier. And with the Frenchman eyeing up a possible seat at Mercedes for 2020, Ocon is determined that he will be back full-time in just over a year.
"What I don’t want to swallow at all, what I will not swallow, is that I’m not back in 2020," he told Autosport. “I would be massively disappointed by this. I believe I will be back and I trust the people around me to be back.
“I will just be even better prepared – with everything I know, with the knowledge I have from the  season. I will transform myself with the new weight regulations, and I will arrive more ready than I was when I started at Force India [in 2017].
“I believe that with the amount of work I put in every day, this situation will change. My dedication will pay off and I will be back in 2020.”
Ocon lost out on a 2019 drive after Racing Point brought in Lance Stroll alongside Sergio Perez. Ocon was also snubbed by a number of other teams on the grid, including McLaren and Toro Rosso, due to his links to Mercedes.