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Ocon Has Not Spoken to Wolff about Severing Mercedes Ties amid Career Uncertainty

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Esteban Ocon - Racing Point Force India F1 Team - Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Credit: Racing Point Force India F1 Team

Esteban Ocon has revealed that no talks have taken place between himself and Toto Wolff about the possibility of severing his ties with Mercedes-Benz in order to improve his chances of securing a Formula 1 race seat in 2019.

The likes of the Renault Sport Formula One Team and McLaren F1 Team had been linked with bringing the Frenchman to their outfit next season, only to be put off by his links to Mercedes, while Christian Horner has said that Ocon will not join the Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda outfit next season whilst under contract with their on-track rivals.

Ocon does not seem to have future within the Racing Point Force India F1 Team as they edge towards bringing in Lance Stroll alongside Sergio Pérez, perhaps before the end of the season, and he feels that the impressive performances and the results he’s been bringing should be taken into account when securing a seat, rather than with who he is supported by.

“I’ve never talked to him about this,” Ocon is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com. “What I know is that I have a contract with Mercedes, and never talked about this.

“But what should be taken into account is the results, and the work the driver puts in and the effort he puts in to perform. Those extra sport things should not be taken into account.

“That is where I am a bit disappointed with how things have turned out.”

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