Esteban Ocon says the signings of fellow drivers in Formula 1 acts as motivation to him as he fights to save his F1 career.
Ocon’s F1 future is in doubt as current team Racing Point Force India F1 Team were brought out in the summer by a consortium set up by Lawrence Stroll, father to Williams Martini Racing driver Lance Stroll.
Stroll is expected to make the move to Force India at some point this year or for 2019, with Sergio Pérez to remain at the team.
The situation leaves Ocon in a difficult position in the driver market as lost out to the McLaren F1 Team seat to Lando Norris and Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda saying Ocon isn’t an option due to being a Mercedes Junior driver.
Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport boss Toto Wolff is trying his best to find a seat for Ocon, but finds himself in a difficult situation as fellow junior driver George Russell is wanting to make the step into F1 as he leads the FIA Formula 2 championship.
Williams remains the only option left for Ocon but that seat could fall into the hands of Robert Kubica, or fellow F2 driver Artem Markelov.
Following the announcement of Charles Leclerc to Scuderia Ferrari, Ocon posted a message on his social media accounts, saying that he is hungrier than ever seeing his old rivals signing for big teams.
“I have to thank everyone for all the kind messages and support I receive every day,” said Ocon.
“We have been in tough situations before and we’ve always overcome those, there was no easy way throughout my career as you know.
“I can promise you that it’s not at this moment I will give up.
“Motivation is high and my old time rivals are in top cars, and this makes me hungrier than ever.
“I dream F1, I train F1, I eat F1, I play F1, I think F1…
“I’m born to race and my only goal is to be champion and will always be. See you all this weekend!”