The quarry of pilots Mercedes has a great health, something that contrasts with the options that handles the signing of Stuttgart to replace Nico Rosberg. While Esteban Ocon will compete with Force India, the German Pascal Wehrlein looks like you will have to fight to get a seat at Sauber or Manor, the only two teams that today have a free spot, at least in practical terms. All in all, Toto Wolff has stated that both are two pilots “extraordinary”, that they deserve to be in Formula 1 and which have the capacity to succeed in the championship.
In statements to the british ‘Autosport’, Wolff praised the two members of the Young driver Programme at Mercedes : “Ocon and Wehrlein are pilots extraordinary that, along with another handful of pilot are in the same league. They have had two careers are very different. One was at the DTM and the other had a remarkable career in Formula 3 and GP3. From my perspective, both have very different personalities, but are very similar within a race car. They both deserve to stay in Formula 1 and have a future in the category.”
still, Wolff was cautious about the future of their two young pearls,: “you can’t say the potential end of each one, because the people grows, develops and changes. To be World Champion you have to put it all together and not only have speed natural. If you manage to put it all together, you’re going to have successes, otherwise not. None of us knows when we started to support a young driver if you are going to have all this”. Perhaps this is why Wolff and Mercedes have ratified the decision of Force India have with Esteban Ocon: “it was Not my decision. Force India had the idea of working with Stephen. That is why the engineering group ratified the decision of Vijay Mallya”.