Force India's French driver Esteban Ocon sits in his car in the pits during the first practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on August 31, 2018 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / Andrej ISAKOVIC
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Formula One world champions Mercedes may have to rethink their junior program if young drivers like Frenchman Esteban Ocon are unable to find a race seat, according to team boss Toto Wolff.Ocon, a 21-year-old rising star at Force India, Britain's Formula Two championship leader George Russell and Germany's Pascal Wehrlein are all drivers Mercedes want to see in Formula One but who have nothing guaranteed.Mercedes' problem is that most of the remaining vacancies are at teams that are either linked to rival manufacturers or, like Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso, have young driver programs of their own and promote from within.Of the three Mercedes-powered teams, former champions Williams will need a replacement for Lance Stroll, who looks sure to take Ocon's place at Force India – a team now controlled by the Canadian's billionaire father.
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