The second seat alongside George Russell in the team’s line-up for next season is Ocon’s last realistic chance of staying in a race seat. But Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff indicated the team’s junior driver looks increasingly likely to spend a season on the sidelines next year.
“It’s not in our hands,” said Wolff, who said Williams’ driver decision is up to deputy team principal Claire Williams and chief technical officer Paddy Lowe.
“I think we have pretty much have [Ocon] set for an off-season supporting us and Force India. Doing lots of simulator work, being a reserve driver for maybe us and Force India.
“And getting ready for the year after. If, miraculously, a door opens at Williams, he’s going to take it. But in Claire and Paddy’s hands and not in ours.”
Ocon is set to lose his place at Force India to Lance Stroll, who is the son of the team’s new investor Lawrence Stroll. Force India’s management has said they will not confirm the identity of their second driver alongside Sergio Perez until Ocon’s plans have been announced.
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