Stroll confirmed as Force India's second driver

Friday, 30 november 2018, 09:18 , by Martin Macdonald

After weeks of speculation, Lance Stroll has finally been confirmed as the second driver for Force India alongside Sergio Perez for the 2019 Formula 1 season. The Canadian joins following his father, Lawrence, initiating a financial takeover of the team to save them from administration.

The grid for the 2019 campaign is already looking significantly different to the current edition, with the majority of the constructor teams having at least one driver change, with the major exception being Mercedes who have retained Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Since Lawrence Stroll's takeover of Force India, speculation would be that he would be bringing Lance from Williams, and the deal was announced on Friday after the driver had took part in testing in Abu Dhabi.

Stroll is relishing the challenge of joining a new, more competitive team.

“This is the beginning of an incredibly exciting journey in my Formula One career," he told Force India's website.

"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!”

Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal & CEO of Racing Point Force India, expressed his satisfaction at finally getting the deal done, and reckons Stroll has the potential to be a top driver after impressive from a young age.

“I’m pleased that we can finally confirm Lance’s arrival to race alongside Sergio [Perez] next year," he said.

"It gives us an exciting line-up with the perfect blend of youth, talent, and experience. Lance is only twenty and already has two years of Formula One 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.

"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 will join Force India at the expense of Esteban Ocon, who has had to give up his seat and join Mercedes as their reserve driver for 2019.

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Comments (26)

  • Matt Boutell
    Tbf Williams was an absolute disgrace this year, so you can't use that against him. And let's be honest, if our daddies were rich, wouldn't we all go working for them? Next season is gonna be a very interesting one
  • Tyler Saulay
    Italian F4 champ 2014. Toyota racing series champ 2015. Euro F3 champ 2016. Then come into F1 driving a POS Williams. Ppl judge what little they see without seeking any kind of truth.
  • Ricardo Gilperez
    Second driver??? Yeah right... His dad is taking over financial affairs and he'll be the spoiled driver at Force India. Screw Perez. It'll be interesting to see.
  • Tyler T
    Only silverling to this post is the page didn't use "FORCE INDIA LINEUP COMPLETE!" (Without mentioning who). #NoClickBaitThisTime
  • Don Garner
    What a surprise...........not. And what's up with the Canadian eyebrows? Stroll........Trudeau..........?
  • Dick Berggren
    He’s not good enough for F1! A good record in other classes but this is way over his head an talent.
  • Jeremiah T. Bachmann
    Do they really need the money that badly? Get that family out of F1. At least his sister is rapable.
  • Lars Hansen
    Daddy buys the team, and this guy gets a seat. How predictable.
  • Mike Burn
    Wow this one has come out of nowhere so shocked
  • Farias Dfp
    The only good thing about Stroll is his sister!
  • Troels A. Dalgaard
  • Karl Davy
    daddy i suck can you buy me a team
  • Karl Davy
    this guy is definatly not faster than ocon ...
  • Roger Hinkley
    Perez will out qualify him in every race
  • Nick Loshkin
    This kid is the daddy's girl of the racing world.
  • Eric Sebastian Nava Gonzalez
    Nobody saw it coming
  • Kenneth Petrie
    Well there's a surprise.
  • Karl Jänis
  • Robert Charleforet
    Très bon pilote !!!
  • Eric Matthews
    He deserved it lol

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