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Sport Motor racing-No Mercedes clause in Ocon's contract, says Alpine F1 boss

09:15  19 june  2021
09:15  19 june  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) - Esteban Ocon has no exit clause in his new three-year contract with Alpine that would allow him to switch to Mercedes , the Formula One team' s boss Laurent Rossi said on Friday. The 24-year-old Frenchman is managed by Mercedes and served as that team' s reserve driver before joining "He is a Mercedes -managed driver, that' s about it," Rossi told reporters at the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet. "He stays with us for the next three years." Rossi said Ocon reminded him of four times world champion Alain Prost. "He is very good at extracting the maximum out of the car, and it

REUTERS: Esteban Ocon has no exit clause in his new three-year contract with Alpine that would allow him to switch to Mercedes , the Formula One team' s boss Laurent Rossi said on Friday. The 24-year-old Frenchman is managed by Mercedes and served as that team' s reserve driver before joining Mercedes could be looking to replace Valtteri Bottas at the end of the season, while seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton is also out of contract then although he is expected to stay. "He is a Mercedes -managed driver, that' s about it," Rossi told reporters at the French Grand Prix at Le

(Reuters) - Esteban Ocon has no exit clause in his new three-year contract with Alpine that would allow him to switch to Mercedes, the Formula One team's boss Laurent Rossi said on Friday.

a man in a blue shirt: Azerbaijan Grand Prix © Reuters/MAXIM SHEMETOV Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The 24-year-old Frenchman is managed by Mercedes and served as that team's reserve driver before joining Renault-owned Alpine.

Mercedes could be looking to replace Valtteri Bottas at the end of the season, while seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton is also out of contract then although he is expected to stay.

"He is a Mercedes-managed driver, that's about it," Rossi told reporters at the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet. "He stays with us for the next three years."

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Ocon , a former member of Mercedes ’ junior programme, was believed to be an outsider for a seat at the German manufacturer next year having worked as its reserve driver back in 2019. When asked to clarify his ties with Mercedes following his new deal, Ocon said , as quoted by Motorsport.com: “So “For sure, there’s still connections with Mercedes , but the job I ’m doing is to be with Alpine , and fully with Alpine .” Speaking in Friday’s FIA press conference ahead of this weekend’s French Grand Prix, Alpine boss Rossi was clear Ocon ’ s contract was long-term and had no clauses Mercedes could

(Reuters) - Esteban Ocon has no exit clause in his new three-year contract with Alpine that would allow him to switch to Mercedes , the Formula One team' s boss Laurent Rossi said on Friday. The 24-year-old Frenchman is managed by Mercedes and served as that team' s reserve driver before joining Renault-owned Alpine . Mercedes could be looking to replace Valtteri Bottas at the end of the season, while seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton is also out of contract then although he is expected to stay. "He is a Mercedes -managed driver, that' s about it

Rossi said Ocon reminded him of four times world champion Alain Prost.

"He is very good at extracting the maximum out of the car, and it shows, constantly improving," he said. "He is a good team mate. He is good with the rest of the team...He is basically pushing everyone up."

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(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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