Stroll worthy of his Aston Martin seat alongside Vettel - Szafnauer
Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer is adamant Lance Stroll deserves his place in Formula 1 next year on merit and not simply because of the get-out clause in Sergio Perez's contract.
Following last week's announcement that the team had signed Sebastian Vettel for next season and beyond, Szafnauer stated that Perez was being released due to the fact that "Checo had options in his contract and those options didn't exist for Lance".
With Stroll also being the son of team owner Lawrence, it came as no surprise that Perez was the driver to make way for Vettel.
Szafnauer, though, feels Stroll has been harshly treated over the situation and has proven this year he is more than capable.
"Lance is still young and only in his second season with this team," said Szafnauer. "He's in the ascendancy and enjoying his strongest year in the sport so far.
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