‘Talent trumps money with Ocon signing’

Date published: November 10 2016

Toto Wolff has welcomed Force India’s decision to sign Esteban Ocon, saying it is positive for F1 that talent has won over money.

Force India announced ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix that Ocon had signed a multi-year deal with the Silverstone-based team.

Ocon, the Mercedes protégé who started this season as a Renault reserve driver before stepping up to a Manor race-seat, will partner Sergio Perez in 2017.

His signing has been welcomed by Wolff, who says talent has triumphed over money.

“Esteban has the most impressive track record in junior formulae and he is an exceptional personality outside of the car,” said the Mercedes motorsport boss.

“Force India have a strong record of working with young drivers and have again shown courage and vision to take Esteban under their wing.

“Even more, it is a positive development for Formula One that talent wins over money and we will be seeing some of the most impressive youngsters fighting to make it to the top in Formula One over the coming years.”