I hate being cynical like this, and this might be a bit heavy-handed/unbalanced in places, but here goes...https://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula-1/wolff-blames-politics-and-lies-for-ocon-s-plight_sto6931326/story.shtml
Toto Wolff is complaining about other teams not having the "balls" to sign Ocon. If you rate him so much Toto, then friggin GET HIM A SEAT. Or have a good talking to Williams even. Although if Ocon were to replace Bottas, I expect that he would get as much of a chance to win a race as Bottas has gotten so far this year, as long as Lewis Hamilton is driving for the team.
I used to have a bit of time for Wolff, even if I hardly agreed with him in recent years, but how dare he blame "politics, hidden agendas, lies" from other teams when he and Mercedes have probably been just as guilty of these things in the past?! Especially given how much more money and influence they have than the likes of Force India or Williams?! I know it happens all the time in F1 and politics in general, but this kind of attitude disgusts me. Esteban's at risk of dropping out of F1 in the same way Wehrlein did last year, and Toto's trying to avoid blame for a situation he's at least partially responsible for creating.
Then the cheek suggests the idea of 3-car teams to accommodate Ocon, something I liked of idea of a few years ago, but when you realise it gives the top teams even more dominance and power in the sport, and potentially compromises or even bankrupts the midfield/backmarker teams, it isn't worth doing.
Of course, Ocon's situation wouldn't be as bad if there weren't only 20 cars on the grid right now, but the FIA/Liberty have tried and failed to make the 2021 rule changes appetising for any new teams and manufacturers, having created EXACTLY the situation they were hoping to avoid when they started drafting the 2021 changes. Not to mention that they might not even achieve the ambition of closing the gap between the top and bottom of the grid, both pacewise and financially.
I still have hope that Ocon will find a seat, and that the rule changes will satisfy enough people in time for 2021 (or 2023 if the changes are delayed), but I don't see a light coming from many places at the moment.