Date published: January 13 2019
Esteban Ocon says he will give up on his dream of becoming a F1 World Champion and switch his focus to another series if he doesn’t land a 2020 drive.
Despite impressing many in the paddock during his two years with Force India, Ocon is without a race seat for the 2019 championship.
Losing his race seat to Lance Stroll, the Frenchman was linked to moves to McLaren, Renault, Toro Rosso and Williams but none materialised given his ties to Mercedes.
Instead of racing in 2019, Ocon will fill the role of Mercedes’ test and reserve driver as he waits in the wings for a 2020 drive.
And the 22-year-old says if that doesn’t happen, he will look elsewhere for a race seat.
“I want to be World Champion one day. It’s my goal and my dream,” Ocon told Auto Hebdo.
“Of course it’s not great not to compete this season, but I’m still focused on F1 and I think it’s the right choice.
“After, if I do not find a drive for 2020, then it will turn to something because I have to continue working.”
His role at Mercedes has put him in pole position to replace Valtteri Bottas should the under-fire driver fail to produce the goods this season.
Ocon added: “I will be present at all the grands prix.
“I must stay on the page and be informed of everything that happens in case I have to return at one time or another.
“You never know what the future holds in F1.”