Ocon joined F1 as a young Mercedes driver in 2016, and spent 2019 as a reserve driver before making a full-time comeback last year with the Renault works team.
Ocon signed a two-year contract with Renault – since renamed Alpine – and has led his efforts so far in 2021, qualifying fifth for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Mercedes is expected to decide later in the year on its 2022 driver lineup, with outgoing drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both out of contract. Junior Mercedes George Russell will also be a free agent at the end of his current contract with Williams.
Mercedes team boss Wolff was initially coy when asked if Ocon might be an option for 2022, having already been considered for a seat in 2020.
“Esteban is also one of the drivers who are linked to us, as well as being a full Renault or Alpine driver,” said Wolff.
“We have a very good relationship with Alpine. So obviously Valtteri is the rider today, and Lewis is the rider today, and what will be next year will be next year.”
Toto Wolff, Executive Director (Business), Mercedes AMG, celebrates after getting pole with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1
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But when asked to clarify how much he is being considered for 2022, Wolff said it was up to Ocon and Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi to decide their future before Mercedes took over. involved.
“It’s a bit of a weird situation, because he’s been a junior Mercedes for a long time, and he’s now an Alpine factory rider,” Wolff said.
“It’s a fact. I think the situation is good for him there. He’s growing up, he’s performing. He’s French. It’s all about the stars aligning.”
“I think it must be Laurent and Esteban’s call first, how to continue, before you start giving an opinion.”
Ocon has outperformed teammate Fernando Alonso in the last three races and finished seventh last weekend in Portugal, scoring Alpine’s best result of the season to date.
Wolff said he had been “impressed” by Ocon this year, but the French driver said he was focused on the current job at Alpine when asked if he was considering a Mercedes seat in 2022.
“What I’m focused on is doing a good job here at Alpine,” said Ocon. “I think we have to be happy with our progress, and I’m happy with the progress I have made this year.
“I focus on the best I can in every race so you know of course if you play there will always be discussions and things going on.
“But my goal is to deliver to the team I’m running in, and my house is here right now.”