Wolff applauds Ocon signing

Just days after pleading for a rival team to give Esteban Ocon a chance, Toto Wolff has applauded Manor's decision to sign the 19-year-old.

The Mercedes protégé began this season as a Renault development driver but will finish it as a Manor race driver.

The Mercedes-powered team announced on Wednesday that Ocon would replace Rio Haryanto for the remainder of 2016.

It is a decision that Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has welcomed.

"We are very pleased that this opportunity has opened up for Esteban, that Manor has again had the confidence to give a chance to a promising young talent and that the good collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Renault has allowed this to come together," said the Austrian.

"We have seen this year that, in the right circumstances, the Manor Racing car is capable of points.

"Manor is just the right environment for a young driver to get his first experience of F1: a professional, small team that is on a positive upward trend and where the driver can make a real difference.

"Esteban did an exceptional job in the works Mercedes at the Silverstone test and we are excited to see him take his first steps in an F1 race environment."

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