Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - Frenchman Esteban Ocon will drive for the Renault Formula One team next season, the French manufacturer announced on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Mercedes protege, filling the reserve driver role for the world champions this year, will replace Nico Hulkenberg alongside Australian Daniel Ricciardo as part of a two-year deal keeping him at the team until 2021.
"I am very attached to this team and everyone who works there," said Ocon, who was the team's reserve driver in 2016 and part of its junior driver programme when it ran as Lotus under previous ownership.
"They are the ones who opened the doors of top level motorsport for me."
Ocon, who raced for Force India and then Racing Point after the team was renamed under new ownership in 2017, was set to join Renault last season.