Renault reserve Ocon gets Mercedes DTM seat

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016
GP3 Media Service

GP3 Media Service

Renault reserve driver Esteban Ocon will race for Mercedes in DTM this year, replacing Manor-bound reigning champion Pascal Wehrlein.

Ocon, who received further backing from Mercedes after his GP3 title triumph in 2015, will line up for the manufacturer in the German touring car series.

"It’s an incredible feeling to be part of such a professional and strong racing series," said Ocon, 19.

"I’m very pleased to be driving for Mercedes-Benz. It’s the best team in the DTM and I’m very grateful for this fantastic opportunity.

"Mercedes is the most successful manufacturer in DTM history. You can only achieve that with real passion and hard work, and those are characteristics that we share.

"After driving in free practice during the final race weekend of the 2015 season at Hockenheim, I can’t wait to start a DTM race. I obviously have a lot to learn, but my goal – and that of everyone in the team – is to fight for wins as soon as possible."

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