Ocon would prefer DTM to GP2 campaign
15 December 2015 – Mercedes youngster Esteban Ocon says he would rather race in the German-based DTM championship in 2016 than move up to the GP2 Series.
Ocon, 19, secured the GP3 crown in his rookie campaign with ART Grand Prix, ensuring back-to-back titles for the Frenchman after his Formula 3 triumph in 2014.
Out of the previous five GP3 champions, Esteban Gutiérrez, Mitch Evans and Alex Lynn switched to GP2 the following year, Valtteri Bottas spent a season as Williams' test driver prior to his Formula 1 promotion while Daniil Kvyat immediately graduated with Toro Rosso.
Ocon, however, is eyeing a move to the DTM, in which Mercedes races alongside Audi and BMW.
"I would prefer to be honest to go to DTM," he said, when asked to choose between the two categories.
"I have learned enough in GP3 with the tyres, I think I have more to learn in DTM, but I don't know as nothing is official yet, we still have to decide, but I prefer DTM."
Ocon sampled DTM machinery in 2015 through his capacity as a Mercedes-affiliated driver and it was announced at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that the outfit had taken up an option on him for the future.
"I feel very honoured, it's great, I couldn't ask for more, it's a fantastic family and I'm proud to be part of it," Ocon said of his increased association with Mercedes.