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Canadian GP promoter excited by Stroll/Perez partnership

Written by  Jan 10, 2019

The upcoming partnership between Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez is a positive one for the Canadian, says the promoter of the Montreal Grand Prix.

Expectations are higher around the 20-year-old ahead of the 2019 season as he prepares to drive for Racing Point, a team that has fought at the front of the midfield for several years now under their former guise as Force India.

Certainly, it means the former European Formula 3 champion has a stronger chance to show off his skills than he did last year at a struggling Williams outfit.

"It's good news. It seems like a competitive team," promoter Francois Dumontier told Le Journal de Montreal of Stroll's move.

"It was a very difficult season at Williams. I find that a shame because it is a world champion team that often fought for the title, but F1 works by cycle.

"I am also very happy about the acquisition by Lawrence. When you look at the shareholding of the team, you can almost say it's a Canadian team."

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As for Stroll's new teammate Perez, Dumontier believes the eight-time podium sitter will provide a much better partner to help Lance develop.

"Perez is a good driver to compare with. He is fast and on track is difficult to overtake. He has done good things in the past," he noted.

"I think for Lance it will be a nice comparison, as was Felipe Massa in his first season. Although Massa was there to be the mentor, Lance could compare with someone who won races and he did well.

"He finished 12th in the championship with points and a podium [in 2017], and people did not expect that," the GP chief ended.

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