Jun.8 (GMM) Esteban Ocon says his hopes of returning to the grid next year remain high.
Having missed out on a seat for 2019, the former Force India driver now travels the calendar as Mercedes’ reserve.
He is strongly backed by Toto Wolff, but with Valtteri Bottas performing so well so far this year, Ocon may need to look elsewhere for a 2020 cockpit.
“It’s a transition year for me,” the 22-year-old Frenchman told Le Journal de Montreal.
“It’s not easy to not be in the car, especially at a place like Montreal, but my management team is working very hard to get me a ride for next year,” said Ocon.
“I have to show patience and I hope it will be rewarded.”
In the meantime, Ocon says he is busy in the Mercedes simulator. He said he did 300 laps of the Montreal track to help the world champions prepare.
“I’m very busy in my job,” he said. “I do not have much time to think about my personal situation. I am always on the simulator or at the factory.
“I help the team a lot in moving the car forward and I’m learning a lot,” Ocon added. “It’s no coincidence that they have won the last championships.
“When I have a new cockpit, I will be an even more complete driver.”
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!