The Force India driver took qualified a career-best third for the Belgian Grand Prix. However his future is in doubt as Williams driver Lance Stroll has been tipped to take his place at the team. As RaceFans revealed earlier today Stroll is expected to do a seat fitting at Force India next week.
“For sure my future is not done,” he said during the press conference after qualifying. “I don’t know where I will race next year or what I will do.
“So as I said the only thing I can do is to do well on track, to focus, do the same job as before, try to do the best. If you do a strong job in Formula 1 the team they can’t skip you, they need to have you. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, who qualified ahead of Ocon, praised the 21-year-old’s performances so far. Vettel said he hopes Ocon doesn’t get overlooked in the 2019 driver market.
“Unfortunately it’s a bit nowadays our times that a new guy comes in and he’s a superhero, and then another guys comes in and he’s a superhero, and by that time the first guy’s easily forgotten even though he’s doing a good job but not really considered any more as in talked about and written about.
“That’s why I think it’s good for him to have this result today and he should get mentioned I think.”
Ocon said it was “awesome” to hear praise from two multiple world champions.
“Of course I want to be racing next year, I’m doing everything for it, I’m doing everything for it I’m working very hard every day for it. To hear great things from those two champions is just fantastic.
“I will see what the future is going to bring. I’m managed by Mercedes, and they’ve taken great decisions for me in the past, so I’m sure it will be the same again for me in the future hopefully, and I will be sorted out.”
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