STROLL TO PARTNER PEREZ IN 2019
Stroll’s father, Lawrence Stroll, led a consortium of businessmen to buy the team earlier this year, after Force India fell into administration.
It had been widely expected Stroll would join the team for his third year in F1, and replaces Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon, who will spent 2019 as Mercedes’ test and reserve driver.
“I’m pleased that we can finally confirm Lance’s arrival to race alongside Sergio next year,” said team principal Otmar Szafnauer.
“It gives us an exciting line-up with the perfect blend of youth, talent, and experience.
Lance is only 20 and already has two years of Formula 1 experience under his belt, as well as a podium finish and front row start. We see huge potential in Lance and believe we can create an environment in which he can flourish.
Our team has enjoyed great success nurturing and developing young and talented drivers, and we are very excited to begin our journey with Lance.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Esteban Ocon for his contribution to the team over the last two seasons and wish him well for the future.”
Stroll made his F1 debut with Williams after securing the 2016 European Formula 3 championship. He finished 12th overall in his debut season, taking his maiden F1 podium at Azerbaijan.
His second season in F1 was marred by the struggling Williams car, and he was only able to take two points finishes, ending the year 18th in the drivers’ championship.
The 20-year-old aims to turn his fortunes around at the team.
“This is the beginning of an incredibly exciting journey in my Formula 1 career. I look forward to working alongside a successful team with a great culture. It’s a new challenge and I am excited to embrace this new opportunity.”
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