After an impressive karting career, Esteban Ocon quickly established himself as one to watch in single-seater racing – finishing third in the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup before clinching the FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2014) and GP3 Series (2015) titles in consecutive seasons.
With his career backed by Mercedes-Benz since the beginning of the 2015 season, Esteban was confirmed as a fully-fledged Mercedes Junior at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that year - sealing the 2015 GP3 Series title just 24 hours later.
Esteban went into the 2016 season doubly committed – on the one hand as third driver in the Renault Sport F1 Team and on the other as a front-line member of the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team. By the midway point of the DTM campaign, Esteban had impressed with three top ten qualifying results and a first points-scoring finish.
After the summer break, he took the opportunity to establish himself in Formula One, joining the Manor Racing outfit. He then went on to compete in the final nine Grands Prix of the year as team-mate to Pascal Wehrlein.