Mercedes-Benz selected Esteban Ocon, the reigning FIA Formula 3 European champion for racing support with contractual option for the future.
Ahead of the opening rounds of the 2015 GP3 Series in Barcelona, Mercedes-Benz announced the 18-year-old Ocon would be supported by the brand during the new season.
Esteban is widely considered to be one of the foremost young talents in motorsport today. The Frenchman was a member of the Lotus development programme until this past winter.
He secured last year's European Formula 3 title against the strongest field in a generation, with Mercedes-Benz power propelling him to a total of nine wins and 21 podium finishes.
For 2015, Esteban will compete in the GP3 Series on Formula 1 weekends with ART Grand Prix, a long-standing partner of Mercedes-Benz.
In addition to his racing commitments, Esteban will perform the role of official Test and Reserve Driver for the Mercedes AMG DTM team, bringing him valuable experience of technical development programmes that are not part of the junior single seater formulae.
As part of the package of Mercedes-Benz support, Esteban has signed a contractual option that could see him become a fully fledged Mercedes-Benz driver in the future.