Esteban Ocon has been announced as the replacement driver of Rio Haryanto for the remainder for the 2016 Formula One season. The Frenchman will make his Grand Prix debut at the Belgian Grand Prix alongside fellow up-and-comer Pascal Wehrlein for the Manor F1 Team. Touted as one of F1's "next big things", Ocon joins a grid brimming with young talent the likes of which Formula One has not seen for a very long time, if ever. Unfortunately in the cut-throat business of F1, Haryanto was forced to make way for the Frenchman due to being "unable to meet contractual obligations", which is PR-speak for, "Rio's sponsors failed to cough up enough cash and we need money to go racing, so we're going to go with the other guy". However, if Manor had announced that the decision to drop Haryanto was based on performance grounds, then it would have been a believable excuse too, due to the Indonesian's performances this season being fairly sub-par in comparison to his impressive German teammate. Following the driver line-up confirmation, Ocon stated that, "I'm thrilled that I’ll be making my Grand Prix debut with Manor Racing later this month, and at Spa, of all circuits, which is the next best thing to my home race. I'm ready for this exciting step up, thanks to the experience I’ve gained as a Formula One Reserve Driver this season. I’d like to thank Renault Sport F1 Team and Mercedes-Benz for working together to make this happen, and to Manor Racing for the opportunity, which I’m going to grab with both hands." In 2014 Ocon took the FIA European Formula 3 championship in commanding style, beating out fellow F1 prodigy Max Verstappen in the process of wrapping up the title with a round to spare. He's also had several free practice session outings this season with the Renault F1 Team and has shown very some very capable pace. Given a full time racing seat, let's see what he can manage over the rest of the 2016 Formula One season.