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Montreal's Lance Stroll to race with Williams F1 team next year
A new teenager in F1: Lance Stroll Williams announcement due in early November

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Posted By: James Allen  |  17 Oct 2016   |  5:35 pm GMT  |  0 comments

Lance Stroll will turn 18 at the end of this month and a few days later he will be announced as a Williams F1 race driver, replacing Felipe Massa, according to French Canadian media reports today.

The teenager has already clinched the FIA European F3 championship and has been running a parallel test programme with Williams in a 2014 specification Williams-Mercedes hybrid turbo. The rules allow teams to run two year-old cars as much as they want and Stroll has more test days planned between now and the end of 2016.

“Lance will be racing in F1 next year, you can write that in black and white,” Stroll’s father Lawrence told the Journal de Montreal at the weekend during the F3 round at Hockenheim. The paper added that the proposed announcement date is November 3 in London.

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“Lance is realising his dream,” his father added. “His success in F3 is a great effort. But what I am most proud of is the way he has reached such a level.

“You’ve no idea how hard he has worked since he started racing. His rigour and determination are what’s made him an F3 champion. That’s no small achievement. The road has been long and tough at times, but this is a heart payback. Now he’s waiting for his ultimate objective which is F1. I’m sure he will be successful there.

“It’s a huge challenge which he’s been preparing for a long time.”

It's going to be cool to have another Canadian race in Formula 1.  He'll be driving for the same team that Jacques Villeneuve drove for when he won the Championship in '97.
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This is pretty cool. Have never heard of him. Looked him up and come away with this

14 wins in 30 races so far this season at the Formula 3 level as a 17 year old seems pretty good. The guy who won the championship last year had 13 wins in 33 races, as a 23 year old.

Actually was trailing his teammate in the championship race by 5 points after the first 8 races this season, but hasn't looked back since.

Ran the full season last year too, won a race as a 16 year old, and seemed to turn a corner late in 2015, with all 6 of his podiums coming in a 9 race stretch near the end of the year to finish 5th in points. Finished 3rd in rookie of the year, youngest of Top 3. Was Rookie of the race 10 of the last 15 races, after not winning it at all the first 18 races.
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Hopefully Williams can give him a decent car to drive. They don't seem to be progressing as well as the other top teams. They seem to have stalled while the others have kept improving.

Quote:He'll be driving for the same team that Jacques Villeneuve drove for when he won the Championship in '97.

JV winning the F1 championship is horribly under appreciated in Canada. It's really a shame.  It is seriously one of the most impressive feats in Canadian sports history. I would put it up there with Donovan Bailey winning the 100m gold.

 In most other parts of the world he would be a national hero.
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Apparently he's bringing a bunch of money with him. I don't know if that is through sponsors or his dad (who is a billionaire). Hopefully the team puts it to good use.
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Yeah, his dad was actually rumoured to be buying Sauber a couple years ago but it fell apart.

Makes me a nervous that he is a bit of a pay driver. But it does seem like he can drive as well. As a long time Williams fan it would be cool to see them back at the top. If a Canadian is driving for them then all the better. I
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It's official now.
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Pay as you go is the way things happen in F1. There is another Canadian on his way up the ladder, Nicholas Latifi, he is a few years older, but is also going to be a good one.
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Hasn't been a great start for Stroll.  Has had trouble keeping the car on the track during testing.

Looking at the testing times F1 is certainly going to be faster this year. The best testing times were almost 4 seconds faster than the pole position time from last year at the same track.  Hamilton took pole with a 1:22 dead last year. 12 guys (including Sauber!) were under that in testing.
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Just a heads up, W5 will have a feature on him Saturday night.
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Rough start to the season for him. Although neither was really his fault. Car broke down in the first race and he got taken out by Perez (although it was just a racing incident no malice or intention) in China.
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Wow, this is a bit off topic, but Alonso is skipping out on Monaco this year to race the Indy 500 instead.

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will race for McLaren at the Indianapolis 500 on May 28 in a surprise switch that will see the Spanish driver miss the Monaco Grand Prix on the same day.

It will be Alonso's first drive in the biggest car race in the United States as he steps up his bid to win what he regards as the "Triple Crown" of motor sport: the Monaco GP, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

"It's a tough challenge," said the 35-year-old Alonso, who has twice won in Monaco and hasn't competed at Le Mans. "But I'm up for it."

McLaren made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the Monaco GP will be the only Formula One race that Alonso will miss. The British-based team hasn't announced who will replace Alonso for the most glitzy race on the F1 calendar.

McLaren will be racing in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 38 years. Its entry will be a Dallara DW12 chassis, run by the Andretti Autosport team headed by Michael Andretti — a former IndyCar champion who raced in Formula One for McLaren in 1993.

Alonso will fly to Indianapolis immediately after the Spanish Grand Prix on May 14 to get in two weeks of IndyCar practice.

"I've never raced an IndyCar car before, and neither have I ever driven on a super-speedway, but I'm confident that I'll get to grips with it fast," he said.

"I've watched a lot of IndyCar action on TV and online, and it's clear that great precision is required to race in close proximity with other cars on the far side of 220 mph (354 kph). I realize I'll be on a steep learning curve."

Andretti will have six cars in the Indianapolis 500, including Alexander Rossi, the former F1 test driver who was the surprise winner of last year's 100th running of the classic.

The Andretti team has shown much improvement from last year, when Honda was dominated all season by Chevrolet. But Honda drivers have won the first two races of the season, and the Andretti cars have been competitive.

There had been rumblings in the paddock in Long Beach that IndyCar officials were trying to bring in a "showstopper" for this year's race, but nothing could be confirmed. Alonso was one of the names being floated, and the pairing makes sense now that McLaren is run by Zak Brown.

Brown ran an Indianapolis-based marketing firm for years before his gradual move into Formula One. He's often been consulted by IndyCar management on a variety of issues, and was even in talks for an official role with the series.
"Could Fernando win this year's Indy 500?" Brown said. "Well, I wouldn't be so silly as to make any such rash prediction, but I expect him to be in the mix."
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Yeah i saw that a couple days ago. that is pretty crazy for him to skip out on Monaco for Indy. Especially since I seem to remember a lot of F1 drivers saying they would never race indy because it stupidly dangerous a few years ago after that guy died.

Maybe he will pull a Mansell and just not lift for the whole race haha.
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Another DNF for Stroll. Again not his fault though. Sainz divebombed him and crashed into him. Even got a grid penalty for it.

Man, must be so frustrating.
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The DNFs suck, but what concerns me more is how much slower he is than Massa. He's consistently half a second or more slower than him. It's not like Massa is a great driver either as he was regularly beaten by Bottas. I think Stroll would be better off racing in F2 this year. He's not ready for F1 imo.
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Well he finished a race. Missed the points and was a total non factor though. Massa also beat him again. although getting spun on the first lap did not help but it likely made little difference.

Hard to argue with your F2 assesment right now. Williams has a mid pack car and he is consistenly near the back. Kid looks over his head.
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