Bob Fernley, deputy team Leader of Force India, acknowledge that what you saw Sunday in Interlagos does not make but to confirm the faith that they have in the talent of Esteban Ocon, to those who have recently signed to replace Nico Hülkenberg 2017.
The young French rider made his debut in Formula 1 in Great Prize of Belgium of the end of August, but in Brazil proved to be prepared to survive in the worst conditions. The pilot Manor he was in the points positions until the final red flag, but was not able to withstand the pull end of the pilots with better mounts.
as Well recognized Fernley, that also ensures that they were very satisfied with his signing before seeing his race on Sunday. “We are very excited with what we saw Esteban Ocon Sunday. I was in a very good position with the Manor. we Were aware of his talent, we were comfortable with the decision, so we don’t need to see a race like that. What we need to do is make sure that we can support you and get you to provide us with that talento“.
For its part, one of the strong men of the current team of Ocon, Dave Ryan, he also praised the effort of Stephen Ocon by getting to the points, but recognizes that the career of Felipe Nasr –they finished ninth and gave Sauber the two points that allow the swiss team to advance to Manor in the constructors ‘ – was also impressive. “Stephen did a great job, we thought that we would have a good chance of keeping Sauber at bay. But all the recognition is for Nasr, he piloted a race really good. It should be a and Sunday was the day, unfortunately for us. Unfortunately, they resumed the race at the end and we didn’t have the drive to keep pace with them. We did everything possible, but in the end it was not suficiente“.
Now Manor you should find a couple of pilots to 2017. The team had hopes of being able to retain Wehrlein and Ocon, the two managed by Mercedes, but now I just have to wait for the first of them can continue and, from there, try to sign the best driver possible with the invaluable contribution of the sponsors. “we Always knew that Ocon and also Wehrlein could continue to be with us. Both are pilots of Mercedes and you can put it in the computer that you want. Obviously, if you can keep the pilots and they are good, have continuity, but it is not so, so we adelante“.