Ocon is relishing the new challenge
Ocon, 20, only made his debut at Spa in August, replacing Rio Haryanto for Manor and on occasions has out-performed Pascal Wehrlein, a fellow Mercedes junior driver.
Starting 2016 in DTM, Ocon was loaned by Mercedes to Renault, in the hope of giving him some on-track action during Friday morning practice sessions. This was after driving the 2015 Force India in both in-season tests at Barcelona and the Red-Bull Ring.
"I'm very excited about joining Force India" said Ocon, with the team describing the deal to take the Frenchman as multiple year, keeping him tied to the team in "2017 and beyond."
In the statement released to announce the decision, Ocon said "I'm still relatively new to Formula 1, but spending half a season at Manor Racing has given me some valuable experience and I feel ready for this new opportunity at Force India.
"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 expect from me."
The 2017 driver's line-up is filling up
The former F3 and GP3 champion was high on Renault boss Frederic Vassuer's wish-list, to race for them in 2017 onwards, but the complexity of Ocon's contract at Mercedes is reported to have put them off, instead deciding Jolyon Palmer will be partnering Nico Hulkenberg in 2017.
Ocon's Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein looks to be staying where he is for 2017, the only other available seats, at Sauber and Haas look to be filled, with the former retaining their line-up of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, whilst Kevin Magnussen, ousted from Renault is favourite to take Esteban Gutierrez's seat at Haas.
|Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton||Nico Rosberg|
|Ferrari||Sebastian Vettel||Kimi Raikkonen|
|Williams||Valtteri Bottas||Lance Stroll|
|Red Bull||Daniel Ricciardo||Max Verstappen|
|Force India||Sergio Perez||Esteban Ocon|
|Renault||Nico Hulkenberg||Jolyon Palmer|
|Toro Rosso||Carlos Sainz Jr||Danill Kvyat|
|McLaren||Fernando Alonso||Stoffel Vandoorne|