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Singapore GP | Esteban Ocon: "Not knowing where I will be is hard to swallow"

Esteban Ocon sounds rather downbeat in his latest declarations concerning his future, which is still clouded with uncertainty.

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Singapore GP | Esteban Ocon: "Not knowing where I will be is hard to swallow"
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Esteban Ocon is being seeked out by the media concerning his future and his chances to stay in F1, as the cruel plot of the drivers' sees him left behind at the moment.
The Frenchman delves into the Singapore Grand Prix with no updates over his next career move, with chances decreasing day by day. "I do not have anything to tell you. There is still hope but less and less. I am disappointed to be in that situation, I was in a great position two months ago."

"What I see is my situation, I do not look at others. I am not frustrated or upset, I am just disappointed. I think I have progressed this year compared to last year, there is 11 to 3 in qualifying against Sergio. Not knowing what I will be doing is hard to swallow, because Charles (Leclerc), Pierre (Gasly)all the people I have been racing with are in top teams and top cars next year. That makes me hungrier and it makes me push hard for next year."

What is holding Ocon back might be the only way to keep his spot in F1, and that is the Mercedes link. The same link that made Toro Rosso deny his possible arrival to Faenza. "Toto and I speak every day, we both share the same opinion. It seems harder than it should be, although Mercedes is pushing hard to help me find a seat."

A developmental role would not be ideal for the Frenchman, but if that is the only option, he feels he will take it. Ocon later reiterated his only target is F1: "If I am not racing next year, I'll be mega disappointed. The only thing I see is F1, not outside".

About his McLaren opportunitiy, which was ditched in order to lean towards Renault. His case perfectly reflects the way Formula and the drivers' market work, as one day you could be in a favourable position and the next day you could have everything taken away from you. "I am not going to go into details but I was in a fantastic position a couple of weeks ago. There are no regrets to have. Everything we have decided was right."

Asked if he felt Renault let him down, he answered a clear 'no', although that bitter feeling is his voice is easily perceivable. And if he is the first one clarifying that he is not looking at the others, his unintentional comparison with his fellow new generation drivers tells a lot.




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