Esteban Ocon Confident In Ending Up With Mercedes’ Works Team

Despite currently racing for Force India, 21-year old French driver Esteban Ocon believes Valtteri Bottas’ days with Mercedes must be numbered, despite the Fin having signed a contract extension for another year, with a 2020 option.

Yet, Ocon, who was linked to Renault before Ricciardo decided to shake up the Formula One landscape, now finds himself in a position to further contemplate his future, while confident that his employer will eventually look to move him up.

“The bosses [at Mercedes] have plans for me that are ‘not yet’,” said the Frenchman in an interview with Autosport at the Hungaroring. “It’s not the plan for now. I think they want me to have more experience before I jump in that car. I knew that already. I have targets I have to respect.”

“At the moment they are happy with the job I’m doing. It’s just a matter of time, I think.”

Ocon added that he wasn’t surprised when Mercedes resigned Bottas and that he’s not worried about his future.

“My future will be sorted out soon. I’m not worried at all. The job we are doing with Force India this year is strong and everyone is happy with that.”

“What I’m sure of is that Mercedes is doing a great job with my management since I joined them. If I stay here [at Force India] or go somewhere else, I don’t know. But I will have a great position for sure next year.”

As of right now, Ocon’s best options for next year is to either remain with Force India and pair up with Lance Stroll, whose father led a consortium that saved the team financially, or to move to McLaren on loan, joining Carlos Sainz Jr. Afterwards, in 2020, he might indeed replace Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton’s new teammate.

more photos...
Tesla Model 3 Arrives At Top Gear For A Drag Race With A Twist

The fastest Model 3 goes against the Giulia QV, M3 and C63 S in a half-mile duel.

This Is What The 2020 Land Rover Defender Looks Like

The 2020 Land Rover Defender retains a boxy shape but has more curves than its predecessor.

Chevy Tahoe Gets A 508 HP Upgrade, Does Donuts In Celebration

Hennessey is behind the power upgrade and the smoky show was performed at the owner’s request.

Audi Considering Track-Focused R8 With RWD and GT3 Styling Cues

Audi Sport’s chief admitted that the racer could serve as inspiration for a hardcore street variant.

Genesis G70 Finally Launches Down Under, Starts From $59,300 AUD

The G70 is now available in Australia with a 2.0-liter four and a 3.3-liter V6 in three trim grades .

Porsche Recalling Nearly 100,000 Cayenne And Panamera Models Over Rollaway Risk

Porsche is advising owners to use the parking brake until their vehicle is repaired.

Renault Clio Cup, Rally And RX Unveiled With Turbo Power

Renault’s latest customer racing cars have a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine with up to 177 hp.

Audi RS5 Sportback Stands Out In California With Peridot Green Paint

The unusual paint scheme of this RS5 Sportback actually comes from Porsche’s catalogue .

Blown Tire Causes Terrifying Head-On Crash

The blowout caused the semi driver to lose control and hit a Kia Ceed head-on.

Researchers Target Tesla Model 3 In Spoofing Attack, Get It To Turn Off The Highway

Navigate on Autopilot appears to be susceptible to GPS spoofing attacks.