Esteban Ocon is likely to be Sergio Perez's team-mate at Force India for the next Formula 1 season. The seat became available when Nico Hulkenberg was released from his contract.
Nico will be switching to Renault on a multi-year deal. Ocon was also a target for Renault but he was on Force India's shortlist for next year with other drivers such as Pascal Wehrlein, Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr.
Vijay Mallya, Force India Boss held some meetings last week to discuss this. After some talks over the weekend, Manor driver Ocon is the leading candidate to take the seat.
Last season, Ocon impressed the Force India team with his performance in the test. The deal will help Mercedes to valuate Ocon and his talent because the Force India-Mercedes team are doing a pretty good job.
Also, the Petronas Mercedes team will be considering its future options, with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton's contracts expiring at the end of the 2018 F1 season.