Pascal Wehrlein has said that he is confident Manor is the right place for his Formula 1 debut.
The reigning DTM champion is stepping up with the strong backing of Mercedes, but some believe that defending his title in 2016 and waiting for a better F1 seat might have been a better option for the German.
However, Wehrlein, 21, told German broadcaster RTL: "I believe that Manor is a very good team for me to begin with, to gain experience and get to know Formula 1 as a driver.
"I also believe that Manor has significantly more potential now than it did in the last two years, and that is why I think it is a good step for me."
However, Manor finished dead last in 2015 and was the only team that failed to score points.