Newly-crowned FIA European F3 champion, and Lotus F1 prot?g?, Esteban Ocon is the latest names added to the entry for this year's Race of Champions in Barbados.

The French youngster enjoyed a dominant year, taking nine race wins en route to the FIA title in his rookie season. Along the way he defeated a wealth of driving talent, including Max Verstappen, who has already been signed up to race for Toro Rosso in F1 next year. The performance has put 18-year old Ocon in the frame for his own step up to the top echelon, particularly as he impressed during tests for both Lotus and Ferrari at Valencia and Fiorano respectively

He will now round off his brief F3 career with an outing in this weekend's classic Macau Grand Prix, before getting an unexpectedly early chance to take on some of the greats of motorsport in Barbados, where he will partner reigning Champion of Champions Romain Grosjean in the RoC Nations Cup.

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"It was my goal to win the FIA European F3 Championship in my first year and to achieve it is just fantastic," Ocon said, "Now to come to the Race of Champions is a dream come true.

"When I was a kid, I came to watch it at the Stade de France in Paris, so I'm really looking forward to seeing how everything works. I love short tracks with plenty of turns, so that should be great. The main challenge will be to drive a car with a roof because I've never even tested one before - indeed I don't even have a driving licence - but it shouldn't be a problem. I'm good at getting on the pace so I will adapt quickly, then we'll see how far I am from the best.

"I've known Romain for three years, ever since I started coming to the Lotus F1 Team factory, so I'm really looking forward to teaming up with him and, hopefully, we can achieve a good result for Team France on the Saturday. Then it will be even better to try and beat him in the individual Race of Champions on Sunday..."

Ocon and Grosjean will take on a RoC 2014 line-up that already features nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, NASCAR superstar Kurt Busch, Australian V8 Supercar legend Jamie Whincup, Williams F1 development driver Susie Wolff, 2014 FIA World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg and 2014 World Touring Car champion Jos?-Maria L?pez, with the rest of the field will be announced in the run-up to December's event.
"Esteban is one of the most exciting young talents in world motorsport at the moment, so we are intrigued to see how he gets on at this year's Race of Champions," event organiser Fredrik Johnsson added, "We've had a long history of giving young chargers a chance to take on the legends and they often give the superstars a serious fright.

"Esteban is no exception and no one will want to be drawn against him. What's most incredible is that he has achieved so much so young - all before he has even passed his driving test. That means he can't even drive himself to races but he makes up for that on the track. The Barbados crowd are in for a real treat when they see him race."