Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Esteban Ocon's move to the Force India Formula 1 team is an example of talent winning over money.
The 20-year-old Frenchman, who is part of Mercedes' driver development programme, will have his first full season of F1 racing next year alongside Sergio Perez.
Ocon made his grand prix debut in the Belgian Grand Prix this year with Manor, after Rio Haryanto ran out of funds to continue racing to the team.
Wolff says the French driver, who has raced for the German manufacturer in the DTM after clinching the GP3 title in 2015, is one of the most impressive youngsters out there.
"Esteban has the most impressive track record in junior formulae and he is an exceptional personality outside of the car," said Wolff.
"Force India have a strong record of working with young drivers and have again shown courage and vision to take Esteban under their wing.
"Even more, it is a positive development for Formula 1 that talent wins over money and we will be seeing some of the most impressive youngsters fighting to make it to the top in Formula 1 over the coming years."