Esteban Ocon says talks with Alpine over a new Formula 1 contract will be left to his management as he wants to focus on continuing his impressive start to the season.
Ocon has out-qualified and out-raced two-time world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso at the last four races, with the Spaniard still getting up to speed having returned to F1 this year.
Ocon’s recent form has already caught Alpine’s attention and prompted the team to begin discussing a new deal, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.
It has led Alpine’s CEO Laurent Rossi to sing Ocon’s praises, admitting the French driver was doing everything to make him consider retaining him, and suggested the team wasn’t looking at any other drivers.
While Ocon said it was nice to read Rossi’s comments, he isn’t getting carried away with the situation as he vows to just “focus on doing the job” on-track.
“It’s always very praising,” Ocon said as quoted by Motorsport.com. “It’s always nice to get good words from your team boss.
“At the moment I’m just focusing on doing the job I have to do on the track, which is to perform in the car, extracting the maximum out of it, thinking what we can do to improve things.
“As long as I’m doing that well, hopefully things will go well for me. So we will see.
“For the moment I’m focusing on the track more than anything else. and I let my management side do the job on [the contract].”
Ocon is currently managed by Mercedes after singing to its junior programme in 2015, but team boss Toto Wolff has stressed a decision on his future rests with Alpine.
The Frenchman, who was reserve driver for Mercedes in 2019, has been linked with a seat at the German manufacturer should it decide not to retain Valtteri Bottas or Lewis Hamilton after this year.
Williams driver and Mercedes junior George Russell is considered the one number one choice if Mercedes does change its driver line-up going forward.