The drive behind Mercedes' heir to Hamilton

The drive behind Mercedes' heir to Hamilton

As a Mercedes junior, and a highly-rated one too, Force India's Esteban Ocon is next in line for a promotion to the Silver Arrows' works team if a slot ever becomes free. He opens up about his never-say-die attitude to JAMES ROBERTS.

Wearing a pressed white apron and black waistcoat, a portly Parisian waiter raises an eyebrow at the sleek, silver machine parked in front of his café. Holding the keys to the Mercedes roadster is Force India racer Esteban Ocon. Today he's off duty, in grey jeans and blue Farah jacket, enjoying the warm sunshine.

In the far corner of the Place des Vosges, Ocon slides into the convertible's low-slung driver's seat, disturbing the espresso-sipping locals by firing up the V8. As it barks into life, the crackle causes our waiter to throw down his cigarette and retreat into his café.

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