Toto Wolff denies Mercedes eyeing Esteban Ocon for 2019

Toto Wolff plays down claims that Mercedes are already eyeing Valtteri Bottas's 2019 replacement.

Toto Wolff has played down claims that Mercedes are already eyeing Valtteri Bottas's 2019 replacement.

Despite a solid start to his first year in silver and securing a new deal for 2018, Bottas is rumoured to have been earmarked for replacement in 2019 by Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon.

However, team boss Wolff denies it.

"Esteban is one of our drivers and is therefore in the picture, but the team and all of its strength is behind Valtteri," he told Turun Sanomat.

"If we to start thinking about other drivers, it would mean that the emotional side would not be 100% for Valtteri.

"I can assure you, from the board to every team member, we all want Valtteri to succeed. Together with Lewis [Hamilton], he is our driver and we do not think of any others."

Wolff said that Bottas did well to adapt quickly to life at Mercedes, after Nico Rosberg's shock decision to quit F1 immediately after winning the 2016 title.

"Valtteri just has to understand what he missed during the weekends when he lost out to Lewis, and on the other hand understand his strength of those weekends when he beat his teammate, for example in Sochi," Wolff said.

"Valtteri has it all. He just has to get the whole package together."

Bottas finished third in the 2017 driver rankings, 12 points behind second-placed Sebastian Vettel.

Share this article now:
Spanish GP 2014
Read Next:
Bottas 'not really happy' with 2017
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand