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Wehrlein, Ocon progress to be watched closely – Wolff

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff will be keeping a close eye on the progress of juniors Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon this year.
Toto Wolff says he will watch Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon's progress during the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship closely after the Mercedes juniors secured their place on this year's grid.

The pair raced together at Manor Racing in 2016 but Ocon switches to Force India in 2017 with Wehrlein this week confirmed as a Sauber F1 driver.

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In the week that saw Valtteri Bottas confirmed as Nico Rosberg's replacement in the title-winning Mercedes AMG Petronas team, the emergence that the Finn is on a one-year deal is being viewed as a possible opportunity for Ocon or Wehrlein to potentially prove themselves capable of a promotion in 2018.

Indeed, Wolff says he is keen to see how both Ocon and Wehrlein will fare in their new surroundings.

"It's been a busy week in the driver market and I am pleased to know that Pascal will be racing at Sauber to continue his development in F1. He had a good first season with Manor and we feel this is the right path for him in the sport.

“It's satisfying to have both of our Young Drivers taking on new challenges in F1 this year, with Esteban also racing at Force India. We'll be following their progress closely; I'm sure we've got an exciting season ahead of us."

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mrfill

January 18, 2017 12:57 PM

After joining F1 with a fanfare of trumpets, being the DTM champ and Merc reserve driver, 12 months later his star has waned rather. Rejected by Force India, rejected by Mercedes, eclipsed by Verstappen and then troubled by Ocon. And now given a chance at Sauber, which is getting rather distant from Mercedes, although no other opportunities in F1 were available. Sauber, presumably, have been suitably rewarded by MB - smoothing the deal and replacing Nasr's generous contribution to the team - overlooking any other concerns. Not been the best of years for little Pascal really.



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