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Esteban Ocon Is Off To Force India For 2017

The silly season is beginning to sort itself out as another midfield F1 seat for the 2017 season has been snapped up, with Force India announcing Esteban Ocon.

The 20-year-old French youngster will switch from Manor to Force India, in what has been called a “multi-year” deal.

Ocon has been hot property since winning the European Formula 3 title in 2014, testing for Lotus before becoming a test driver for Force India, while racing in GP3 in 2015 (eventually winning the championship).

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Mexican Grand Prix - Race Day - Mexico City, MexicoHe became even busier towards the end of last year, when he joined Mercedes as a junior driver, before being loaned to Renault as its reserve/third driver at the start of this season, all while competing in the DTM series.

But mid-way through the year, Manor opted to drop Rio Haryanto after the Indonesian driver ran out of dollar and brought Ocon in as a replacement.

He’ll make the step up to a full-time F1 drive next year with Force India, a team he knows well and with the security of a multi-year contract too.

Ocon joins Force India alongside Sergio Perez and replaces the Renault-bound Nico Hulkenberg. It leaves a space open at Manor, with the team yet to confirm its driver line-up for next season.

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