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With Williams signing George Russell for the 2019 Formula 1 season, it seems highly likely that Esteban Ocon will miss out on a seat for next year. But the development makes sense for both Mercedes junior drivers.
It has been impossible to talk about Esteban Ocon in recent months without triggering an emotive reaction from someone.
Reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton said Ocon being out of a drive shows the championship is in a "weird place" with a structure that is "probably wrong". Mercedes boss Toto Wolff slammed the "politics" and "lies" he believes are behind his protege facing a season on the sidelines.
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