Stroll Secures Force India Switch

Stroll Secures Force India Switch

Lance Stroll has been confirmed as a Force India driver for the 2019 Formula 1 campaign after leaving Williams.

The 20-year-old Canadian driver made his F1 debut with Williams in 2017, with his best race finish third place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that season.

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However, Stroll picked up just six points in 2018 and finished 18th in the drivers’ standings, while his team-mate Sergey Sirotkin was at the bottom of the pile after securing just one point.

Williams have already confirmed British rookie George Russell will race alongside Poland’s Robert Kubica in 2019, with Stroll moving to Force India, who were rescued from administration by his billionaire father Lawrence Stroll.

On the switch to link-up with Mexican driver Sergio Perez at the Silverstone-based outfit, Stroll told the team’s website: “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!”

Force India’s team principal and CEO Otmar Szafnauer added: “I’m pleased that we can finally confirm Lance’s arrival to race alongside Sergio next year.

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 a front-row start. We see huge potential in Lance and believe we can create an environment in which he can flourish.”