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Esteban Ocon confirms his “strong links” with Mercedes after Lewis Hamilton’s move to Scuderia Ferrari | Formula 1 News


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French Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon on Thursday confirmed his “close links” with Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team following Lewis Hamilton’s dramatic move to Scuderia Ferrari after the end of the 2024 season. Speaking to Sky Sports, Ocon said said there was no “secret” about the fact that he was still a junior driver at Mercedes. “I obviously still have strong links with Mercedes, I’m still a Mercedes junior driver, it’s no secret,” Ocon said as quoted by Sky Sports. The Alpine F1 Team driver added that this season he was “totally dedicated” to his current French team and that he was looking forward to the next Formula 1 season. “But I am totally dedicated to Alpine this year, I 24 races to go and we’ll see where we end up,” he said.

“Formula 1 is fierce, a lot can happen, as we can see, but I am ready for the challenge,” he added.

After news of Hamilton’s departure was confirmed, many names surfaced as to who could replace the seven-time world champion.

Earlier, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team principal Toto Wolff confirmed that George Russell would be the team’s next “lead driver” after the end of the 2024 season.

“With all the talk about Lewis, something that hasn’t been talked about enough is George. George has the potential to be the team’s next main driver. He is of the generation of Lando (Norris) and (Charles) Leclerc and some of the others,” Wolff said, according to Sky Sports.

Last week, Ferrari stunned the sporting world by announcing that the seven-time world champion would join the Italian team for the 2025 Formula 1 season on a multi-year deal.

This news ends what is currently a 17-year F1 relationship with Mercedes-Benz and an 11-year partnership with the factory team.

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