Esteban Ocon

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Ocon is probably a lot easier since he seems to be a guy who is willing to listen to his engineers and not do something stupid like burn the engine out like Wehrlein did a few times last year

Ocon is more like Carlos Sainz in that they just let their driving do their talking

Wehrlein has been hyped up as the best young German driver coming through and backed by senior bosses at Mercedes which does seem to inflate his ego somewhat
 

Bill Boddy

Professional layabout
Premium Contributor
An unfortunate race to be comparing someone with Sainz who did not cover himself with glory at any time over the weekend.
 

Rutherford

Podium Finisher
He stayed on the throttle after crashing into the wall at the start. Awesome guy. LOL

Perez is racing like he did at McLaren; there were plenty of similar moves against Button.
 

RasputinLives

Not dead
Contributor
Great performance by Esteban at Monza. Got best result he could given the pace of the bigger teams but had a go at both attack and defence. Completely incident free race too. Why? Well Sergio Perez got nowhere near him all race!
 

Rutherford

Podium Finisher
Esteban Ocon, who is also known as Oconsistency, can equal Chiltons record of finishing 25 races in a row at the coming GP.

His record has been outstanding since moving from carts in 2012, he has only retired from 11 of 135 races. His last retirement was last year at the Norisring in DTM and his last reiterement in a Formula series was in 2014 at the Nürburgring.
 

RasputinLives

Not dead
Contributor
But Franz Tost says he crashes into everyone! ;)

Ocon also holds a bizarre consistency record of having 10 2nd places in a row during his GP3 season - a weird fact when you think that includes the reverse grid races as well.
 

Rutherford

Podium Finisher
Ocon was questioned on the fact that his parents sold their house to fund his racing career to which he simply replied, “I don’t want to talk about it”. LOL:thumbsup:
 

Rutherford

Podium Finisher
Il_leone I know, it was just interesting to see that he acknowledged it and didn't go on whining like some other drivers would have done. It seemed very mature for such a young man.
 

RasputinLives

Not dead
Contributor
Oh Esteban! I had such high hopes but your good season came at the wrong time. Now you're in a Force India stuck in the pack about to see Bottas re-sign for Merc and are doomed to become Nico Hulkenberg
 

gethinceri

Daniil Kvyat Fan. Alfa Romeo Fan.
Contributor
Yes, it's a shame, he's by far the better Force India driver. He can only hope that the team delivers more than it does currently.
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Are we sure Bottas will re-sign? Ocon would be a much better long term bet, unless they are worried about upseting Lewis. Le Clerc and Ocon in the second seats of the two best cars on the grid would be great fun.
 

RasputinLives

Not dead
Contributor
Despite a wheelbarrow full of misfortune Bottas is still the closest of any of the top team number 2s points wise to their lead driver. He is quick. He often has good days when Hamilton has bad. He does not rock the boat. He gets on well with his team leader. He obeys team orders when he is asked. Look at it from a Merc point of view - why would they not re-sign him?

Also Toto Wolff is his manager and gets a big fat cut of his signing on fee. That's the cynical point of view.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
If Hamilton re-signs for another 3 years as believed then it be interesting to see what is Bottas' contract conditions

Given the situation with Vettel and Verstappen, they may opt for another year so that they may think about getting either of these two with Hamilton

Now if I was Ocon I would have to consider going to Renault and use the fact that he might be France;s best driver to get himself in that car ahead of Gasly

Ocon will not stay at Force India forever as the Merc board do want to see their young drivers represent the brand long term and they are still waiting for one of their young drivers to win the driver's title for them

Sauber were too small so Frentzen could not do anything and Schumacher was never going to drive for them despite a verbal promise

Mclaren or Ron so to speak did not want to operate No 1 and No 2 like Schumacher nor did he pick Heidfeld when Mercedes were hoping it might happen

Mercedes was hoping for Schumacher to do it when he was way past his best. Wehrlein meanwhile no wants to hire him

Just as I finish this now it has clicked that Mercedes also have George Russell in F2 and he has won most races this season so he and Ocon could be fighting for the same seats in future
 
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