Motorsport

Ocon could be reserve driver in 2019

2018-10-01 08:34
Racing third Mercedes 'would be fantastic' - Ocon
Image: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP

Esteban Ocon could keep his Formula 1 aspirations alive with a reserve role next year.

Although once in the running at Renault and McLaren, the current Force India driver now looks set to exit the grid.

Severing ties

Williams is more likely to sign another pay driver for 2019, while Dr Helmut Marko said Red Bull will only consider him for Toro Rosso is Mercedes severs its ties to the 22-year-old.

READ: Ocon 'negotiating' with Williams

A reserve role at Force India could now be the most likely scenario for Ocon.

"It could happen. None of it is decided, but if you are in the simulator, the only way to do that is to be in the car from time to time," team boss Otmar Szafnauer said at Sochi.

'He is young and talented enough'

Szafnauer said it is then possible that Ocon returns from his "sabbatical" in 2020.

"How long was Raikkonen away? Two years? But he came back and did pretty well. He (Ocon) is young enough and talented enough," Szafnauer added.

Ocon admits that a third driver role is a possibility for 2019.

"Let's see what the solution is. Of course, third driver is third driver, but the more mileage I can get if I'm not driving next year is always a help.

"Let's see, but at the moment I'm still looking for a place to race next year," he said at Sochi.

Read more on:    renault  |  force india  |  mclaren  |  esteban ocon  |  russia  |  f1  |  motorsport
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.