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.”
Grand Prix Tours is once again heading to Silverstone Circuit and the British Grand Prix. Guest of Grand Prix Tours are treated to an incredible series of events including a visit to the British Motor Museum and to a private tour of not one but two Formula 1 team factories. Follow the link above to learn more about our trip to the British Grand Prix.
Grand Prix Tours has once again orchestrated the perfect race weekend for the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix. Located just outside of the Belgian city of Spa is the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps home to the Belgian Grand Prix. Known as one of the most popular races on the Formula 1 calendar because of its scenic setting, racing heritage and famously challenging turns this race is a favorite of drivers and fans alike. Follow the link above to learn more about our trip to the Belgian Grand Prix.
Join Grand Prix Tours as we head to beautiful northern Italy and the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the 2020 Italian Grand Prix. With a racing lineage that dates back more than 95 years, unpredictable weather patterns and the ravenous Ferrari fans makes this race and post-race celebration a spectacle like no other in professional motorsports. Follow the link above to learn more about our trip to the Italian Grand Prix.
oin Grand Prix Tours as we head to Singapore and the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the only true night race on the Formula 1 calendar. One of only 4 street circuits on the F1 calendar the beauty of the modern Formula 1 cars are on full display under the bright lights of the Marina Bay street circuit. Follow the link above to learn more about our trip to the Singapore Grand Prix.