Esteban Ocon has joined Force India on a three year deal, although he is likley to have an option to leave the team if a drive becomes available with the Mercedes AMG Petronas factory team. The deal is not a great surprise as the young Frenchman is just the kind of driver that Force India was looking for and this obvioulsy outweighed the value of the money others were offering. The news comes shortly after the confirmation of Jolyon Palmer for one more year with Renault and it is anticipated that Kevin magnussen will be named as the second Haas driver at some point in the not too distant future. This means that the only remaining drives for 2017 are the second Sauber, which is likely to go to Rio Haryanto, and the two Manor drives, one of which will probably go to Pascal Wehrlein and the other to Felipe Nasr, as there are no other choices available for the Brazilian, unless he stays at Sauber – and neither party seem to be evry interested in that idea. Nasr will be trying hard to get the Williams drive in 2018 when Valtteri Bottas is expected to jump to Renault. Palmer will then need to figure out his future beyond that.