Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said that Alpine driver and Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon’s future is up to himself, not Mercedes, to decide.
Mercedes have yet to talk to any of their drivers about contracts for the upcoming season, with a question mark over both Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas’ status there. George Russell looks as a firm placement for a drive next year if one of them moves on, but Ocon may be given the call-up if both leave.
When asked though, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff denied to explicitly comment, preferring to say Esteban’s future is his to decide.
“We have a very good relationship with Alpine. So obviously Valtteri is the driver today, and Lewis is the driver today, and what will be next year, will be next year. It’s a little bit of a weird situation, because he’s been a Mercedes junior for a long time, and he’s an Alpine works driver now,” Wolff said.
“That’s a fact. I think the situation is good for him there. He’s growing, he’s putting in the performances. He’s French. All that is very much the stars aligning. I think it needs to be Laurent and Esteban’s call first, how to continue before we start to give an opinion.”
When Ocon was asked about the possibility, he too seemed set on thinking about 2021 first.
“What I’m focusing on is to do a good job here, at Alpine,” Ocon said.
“I think we have to be glad about our progress, and I’m glad about the progress I’ve made as well this year. I’m focusing on delivering the best I can every single race, so you know, for sure if you perform, there will be always talks and things going on. But my aim is to deliver for the team that I’m racing at, and my home is here at the moment.”