Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel Defend Esteban Ocon After Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying
Every so often, you see Formula 1 drivers come together in agreement and yesterday, the 4x World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel defended Esteban Ocon for a drive next season following his surprise result during the Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying session which saw the Frenchman driving a great lap and bringing the car up to P3 for the race today.
This comes after a terrible few weeks for the Force India team who at one point were questioning whether or not they would be able to participate for the race this weekend.
Throughout the season, Esteban Ocon has been consistent with his driving and yesterday, he proved his worth and talent in the sport which was echoed by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
“I’ve always been a supporter of Esteban, I think how he conducts himself and how he performs on track is exceptional. Unfortunately, we’re in a weird place with Formula 1 where some teams, rather than taking a new up and coming kid, they’re take whoever has the money and I think that the structure is probably wrong. He needs to be in a great car because he’s one of the top drivers here and I hope that there is an opportunity there for him.”
Lewis Hamilton then added the following: “You can’t let someone who has more money leap in front of a better driver, the governing body definitely has to address it somehow. In some ways – I wish I was managing him!”
Sebastian Vettel also spoke of Esteban Ocon during the press conference: “I think he’s doing everything right. I think it’s very good for him this qualifying session. Unfortunately nowadays, a new guy comes in and he’s the superhero and then another guy comes in and he’s the new superhero – the first guy is forgotten even though he’s doing a very good job!”
The cameras also managed to pick up on this exchange between Vettel and Ocon which shows Ocon knows that he hasn’t got a seat at the Force India team next year but nothing has been confirmed for now.
Sebastian Vettel: “Will you be here at Force India? No?
Esteban Ocon: “No, no – the seat is taken.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Oh yeah? Who?”
Esteban Ocon: “Have a guess! The one who bought it.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Yeah but, the other one….?”
Esteban Ocon: “Well the other one brings the money.”
So, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have both shown their support for Esteban Ocon but will he be able to find a seat for next season despite showing his worth in the sport? We all hope so!