Wolff urges Renault to sign Ocon

Aug.3 (GMM) Esteban Ocon looks set to be the next teenage charger to make his mark in formula one.

Backed by Mercedes, the Frenchman is on loan to Renault this year as reserve and occasional Friday driver.

And international media sources claim Ocon is first in line to emerge after the summer break as the replacement at Manor for Rio Haryanto, giving Mercedes a direct comparison between him and fellow Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein.

Not only that, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is recommending to Renault that it promote Ocon for a full race seat at the French works team for 2017.

“Esteban has an impeccable personality — he really is a nice and intelligent young man. And his performance in the car is extraorrdinary.

“He did two sensational test days with us at Silverstone and we saw that he did the same time as (Kevin) Magnussen in Friday free practice, so he is someone who has a big future,” Wolff told the French broadcaster Canal Plus.

“I hope that my colleagues realise all of this, otherwise it will be us who will be taking him back!” the Austrian smiled.

Related News

  • 22/07/2016 Mercedes eyes ‘next generation’ after Rosberg Jul.22 (GMM) Mercedes could be ready to look to the "next generation" of drivers by the time Nico Rosberg's new two-year deal ends. That was the claim on Friday of Toto Wolff, as he […]
  • 23/10/2016 Next piece of 2017 driver puzzle will be Bottas Oct.23 (GMM) Valtteri Bottas will be the next piece of the 2017 driver puzzle to slot into place. Authoritative media sources, including Auto Motor und Sport and Denmark's Ekstra Bladet, […]
  • 08/09/2016 Ocon seems destined for Renault seat Sep.8 (GMM) Esteban Ocon's future at Renault appears all but guaranteed. The French works team has reportedly told Kevin Magnussen that a decision about the 2017 driver lineup is now […]
  • 10/10/2016 Renault admits Hulkenberg among 2017 options Oct.10 (GMM) Renault has decided to sign a three-year deal with Nico Hulkenberg, another media source is claiming. It is becoming clearer and clearer that the French works team will oust […]
  • 10/08/2016 Ocon replaces Haryanto at Manor – confirmed Aug.10 (GMM) Reports that Esteban Ocon will replace Rio Haryanto at Manor were confirmed on Wednesday morning. France's Auto Hebdo had reported that the 19-year-old, Mercedes-backed […]
  • 15/08/2016 No new reserve driver for Renault Aug.15 (GMM) Renault says it will not appoint an official replacement for reserve driver Esteban Ocon. Ocon has been called up to make his F1 race debut from the forthcoming Belgian […]
  • 10/08/2016 Ocon poised to replace Haryanto – report Aug.10 (GMM) Esteban Ocon appears set to emerge from the summer break as F1's newest teenage rookie. Auto Hebdo, a French magazine, claims the Mercedes-backed 19-year-old has got the […]
  • 28/07/2018 Abiteboul admits Renault could sign Ocon Jul.28 (GMM) Cyril Abiteboul has admitted that Renault could swap Carlos Sainz for Esteban Ocon in 2019. The French team has been saying all year that it is happy with Sainz, who is 'on […]
  • 22/07/2018 Ocon could switch to Renault in 2019 Jul.22 (GMM) Esteban Ocon has emerged as a serious contender to switch to Renault in 2019. It is believed he is the main candidate should Red Bull rescind its 'loan' to the French team […]
  • 28/08/2016 Wolff plays down Vandoorne comments Aug.28 (GMM) Toto Wolff has played down suggestions he is about to snap up McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne. The Mercedes boss caused a stir at Spa by reportedly telling the Belgian newspaper […]