Phil wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:02 am
I’ve been reading/hearing rumours that Ocon in the Mercedes 2020 is a done deal.
Assuming that is true, i’d be a little surprised, because i would have gone with Bottas, given he is IMO doing a good enough job. The rumour that Ocon will be at Mercedes however is because apparently, he is that highly rated by those that know and have worked with him, that he is considered to be “future world champion material”. In other words, extremely special and talented.
I personally am more critical, because Perez wasnt far off pace and IMO Ocon tended to be a bit too clumsy at times and involved in collisions he shouldnt have been.
If i were Mercedes though, i would definitely be thinking about the future.
What when Hamilton retires/leaves? Who to replace that void? Who could lead and fill those footsteps? Who could be the next big thing?
Bottas isnt. Max, easily, but signing him is no guarantee. Ocon is in house and i think the timeline works in a way that is to Ocons benefit.
If Mercedes cant put him into a seat next year (any Mercedes powered car), they’ll lose him to another team. Max is available as of 2021. So given its either lose Ocon or not, i can imagine the thinking that it’s better to put him alongside Lewis than not.
Unless they could sway Williams to put Ocon alongside Russel, but how expensive would that be? And would that be good enough? Alternative would be RacingPoint, but Perez brings a lot of money and i am unsure if Stroll would take out his son despite the lackluster performance...
If Ocon gets in next year at Merc, it has to be purely down to Mercedes startimg to think about life without Lewis.
Bottas is almost a perfect number 2. good on his day, capable of winning, but if Merc had 2 Bottas in their cars in 17 and 18, I doubt they would have won the WDC.
Ocon offers more potential, if he flops big time next year, Merc can then go for Max if Ferrari dont get him first, although I feel Max and Charles at Ferrari is a recipe for disaster. Both 21 right now, so a combined age almost equal to Kimi alone. when was the last time a top team had 2 drivers so young? So I cant see Ferrari doing it.
Max could end up being very unlucky if Charles, Ocon and Russell end up locking out the 2 teams likely to win titles.
Max's best bet could be staying with RedBull