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Force India officially confirm Lance Stroll on 'long-term' deal

Written by  Nov 30, 2018

Formula 1's worst kept secret is now official with Lance Stroll confirmed as a Force India driver for 2019.

The Canadian has been widely expected to make the switch from Williams after his father Lawrence completed his takeover of the Silverstone-based squad in the summer.

Stroll, who made his debut with the Grove-based team in 2017 and scored a podium in Baku during his rookie season, will replace Esteban Ocon with Force India pointing out this is a long-term deal for the youngster.

For the former European F3 champion, it's a chance to kick on with his career after being unable to show any progress due to Williams' problems this season.

“This is the beginning of an incredibly exciting journey in my Formula 1 career," he said.

"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!”

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Stroll already made his first appearance in pink at the post-season test in Abu Dhabi and team boss Otmar Szafnauer has talked up his newest recruit.

“I’m pleased that we can finally confirm Lance’s arrival to race alongside Sergio next year,” he commented. “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.”

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