One of F1’s worst kept secrets is due to be confirmed this morning at 11am when Williams F1 will confirm Stroll to replace Massa for 2017.
Lance Stroll, son of the Canadian Billionaire Lawrence Stroll is expected to become team mate to Bottas for the coming 2017 season.
The announcement has been delayed due to his age. Williams main sponsor being Martini has had an impact on the date of the announcement for legal reasons, having only just turned 18 on the 29th of October.
The current Williams and last years Ferrari development driver could, at first be easily dismissed as a rich Daddy’s pay driver but the reality is much further from the truth than that.
This year the teenager has annihilated the competition in F3 by winning nearly half the races and finishing the season 187 points ahead of second place (so far) driving for Prema Powerteam.
That said, having a rich benefactor (his father) has helped him get up to speed in F1 faster than would be normal. Using a 2 year old Williams car, he’s embarked on a rigorous practice regime, testing out the car on F1 calendar circuits. An option not viable for most youngsters cutting their teeth in the lower formulae due to the huge cost implications of hiring the team to run the car along with the use of the circuits and the transportation.
Stroll will be the first driver since Max Verstappen to enter F1 straight from F3.
The announcement is set for an hours time.