The decision of Force India choose to Esteban Ocon as their second driver for the season 2017 raise some concerns among several candidates that, in principle, set off with advantage, to take the seat that until this year has held Nico Hülkenberg. In addition to the French, the indian team based at Silverstone, had been evaluated as possible candidates to Felipe Nasr and the co-Ocon, Pascal Wehrlein, starting with advantage the pilots of the Manor to be supported by Mercedes, which provides engines to Vijay Mallya.
After a solid start to the season, it was considered that Wehrlein was the favorite to be signed, and even more so after having completed tests for Force India in 2015 in Montmeló and the Red Bull Ring, as raced here in the DTM. But they have been precisely these tests have led to the selected was finally Ocon, according to have been told by the own Wehrlein in Autosport.
The German pilot, who had reported that he would speak with Force India days after the announcement of Ocon, has done so, and realize that there was something in his way of working with them during these tests that is not liked too much in the bosom of the team, that they have been transmitted:
“I Know the reasons, and it is something easy to change. The decision has nothing to do with performance or feedback, but has something to do with how you were with me, with the personal side. In the test something happened with him that were not happy. They believe that Stephen will best fit within the team, that’s all. Since I can’t change it, and I can only learn from it to do better in the future.”
however, the situation of Wehrlein in the last few days has changed dramatically after the sudden withdrawal of Nico Rosberg. Now, the main rumors suggest that the young German pilot, champion of the DTM for a little over a year, it would be the big favorite to pilot in Mercedes, the team that has dominated with an iron hand the last three world championships. This situation has paralyzed the talks with Sauber, which is presumed as his new destination, and with those who had already made the first contacts.
Meanwhile, Wehrlein relies on learning from experience from Force India to miss no more trains in the future: “I Wanted to learn from the situation, didn’t want to go there, to be angry and to speak with them in a bad mood. I will always attempt to do the best I can to to ensure that everyone is happy”.