Horner ‘will leave Red Bull’ as Hamilton issued ban at Mercedes

Horner 'will leave Red Bull' as Hamilton issued ban at Mercedes

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon has confirmed that he remains under Mercedes management as the Silver Arrows search for Lewis Hamilton’s replacement. 

Ocon made his Formula 1 debut as a Mercedes junior back in 2016 and has previously filled in as a reserve driver as well. However, he has never been called up to main team yet he insists he is still under their banner so the “links” remain.

“It’s clear that we have links with Mercedes,” Ocon said. “I’m managed by Mercedes for a long time now, since 2015.

“I’m a junior, even if I’m not that junior anymore. But yeah, we’ll see what the future holds.

“As I said, at the moment, I’m completely dedicated to Alpine, what I have to do with the team and the plan that we have ahead as well.

“And that’s the whole focus I need to have, because these things are very disruptive focus-wise and that’s why I have a very competitive management team that’s able to take the right choices on where we have to be, so I’m not worried and my focus is on the track.”