Force India signs Ocon on multi-year deal

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Friday 11th November, 2016 - 4:36am

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Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon will join Force India after agreeing a multi-year deal with the Silverstone based outfit.

The highly rated Frenchman will join Mexican Sergio Perez at the squad, taking over the seat vacated by the Renault bound Nico Hulkenberg.

Ocon made his Formula 1 race debut at this year’s Belgian Grand Prix in August after securing the drive at Manor once held by Rio Hayranto.

The 2015 GP3 champion is part of the Mercedes driver development program and held a role as Renault F1 test driver at the start of the season.

“I’m very excited to join Sahara Force India,” said Ocon.

“I know the team quite well already because I was a test driver last year and I’m really looking forward to working with everybody at Silverstone once again.

“I’m still relatively new to Formula One, but spending half a season at Manor Racing has given me some valuable experience and I feel ready for this new opportunity with Sahara Force India.

“The next few months will be very busy as I do all I can to prepare for the challenge ahead of me.

“It means lots of days at the factory, working on the simulator and building relationships with the engineers and everybody in the team.

“It’s something I’ve been working towards my whole life and I intend to grab this opportunity with both hands so that I can deliver the results the team expects from me.

“I want to say ‘thank you’ to everybody at Manor and especially to Mercedes-Benz for their support and belief in me. I can’t wait for 2017 and my first full season racing in Formula One.”