MX23RW : Monday, June 21 02:07:55| >> :120:28637:28637:

Wolff suggests Ocon likely to stay at Alpine

Wolff suggests Ocon likely to stay at Alpine
© Reuters
Esteban Ocon does not appear to be in the running for a works Mercedes seat for 2022.

Esteban Ocon does not appear to be in the running for a works Mercedes seat for 2022.

Team boss Toto Wolff has made it clear he wants to retain Lewis Hamilton, but strong rumours are linking George Russell with Valtteri Bottas' current position.

As for Ocon, the 24-year-old was another Mercedes junior but he is currently on loan to Alpine.

The Frenchman is currently impressing at the Enstone team alongside F1 legend Fernando Alonso.

"I made a few changes in my team over the winter," Ocon said in Barcelona. "The guys are amazing. We went to the factory together after Portugal to prepare. Nobody wanted to rest.

"With more experience, I know the car and the team better. We are now better at implementing what I say when we set up the car," he added.

As for the suggestion his current form might put him in the running to replace Bottas at Mercedes, he said on Saturday: "I want to concentrate on my job at Alpine."

Wolff seems to agree that Ocon staying at the French team is the most likely outcome for 2022.

"The situation with Esteban is a little strange," he said. "For a long time he was in our program at Mercedes but now he is a driver with the Alpine factory team. That is a fact.

"I think he is doing well there - he is developing and making progress," the Mercedes chief added. "He is also French.

"So all of the stars came together for him. I think that first of all he will decide how his career continues before we give an opinion on our side," Wolff said.

ID:446664:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect2677:

Click here for more stories about Esteban Ocon

Click here for more stories about Mercedes

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix on May 8, 2021
Read Next:
Damon Hill: 'Lewis Hamilton one of most talented people to ever walk the Earth'
>

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Monday, June 21, 2021
 
5pm
 
8pm
 
8pm
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
 
5pm
 
5pm
 
8pm
 
8pm
Todays Game Header Right

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!