Efforts by long-time backer Mercedes to put Ocon at other F1 teams including Renault, McLaren and Williams all failed, with Williams’s statement of Robert Kubica as its next 2019 driver on Thursday closing the final doorway.
As expects of a chair elsewhere disappeared, Mercedes suggested Wolff offered details on Friday and it could find a non-racing role for Ocon.
“The programs are fairly clear,” explained Wolff. “He will be fairly close to the Mercedes group – he’ll be our reserve driver and third driver.
“We hope to do the odd test , we’re taking a look at pre-season and in-season but it’s not sorted out yet.
“He’ll do a lot of time at the simulator to make sure he is ready.”
He said on Thursday that Mercedes had given him”no assurances” about 2020 but that”hopefully” a year out of racing would pay off with a fantastic opportunity for the following season.
“Me and Mercedeswe find great opportunities for me to return in 2020 so hopefully that will be the case and I will be back much stronger than I am now.”