F1 News: Lance Stroll Confirmed For Williams, Father Spent $80 Million For Support

Nov 08, 2016 06:13 AM EST | Mariechris Felipe

In the latest F1 news, Williams has finally decided its driver lineup for the 2017 season, in which all teams will face a profound change in regulations and technical level. To do this, Williams has decided to have a mixture of experience and young blood, as Lance Stroll is now officially confirmed to join the team and will be accompanied by veteran Valtteri Bottas.

F1 News: Williams 2017 Lineup Complete

Stroll, who will be the youngest F1 driver in the world and Eon the European Championship F3 this season and from then on it is clear that his intention is to get to Formula 1, according to Sudbury. The announcement has been delayed until Stroll has turned 18 last October 29, mainly to avoid legal or image problems with the main sponsor of Williams: Martini.

"Racing in Formula 1 in 2017 is amazing, I can not thank enough Williams his show of faith in my abilities. Racing in F1 was something I dreamed since I was a kid. When I started seriously in karting, F1 it became the ultimate goal and especially when I started competing in single seaters in 2014."

Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas faces his fifth season on the team that saw his debut in Formula , after some skirmishes with other formations that finally have not come to fruition. Williams was interested in Jenson Button and Sergio Perez among others, but ultimately rejected both parts and stayed with Bottas.

Lance Stroll Father Shells Out $80million

Lance Stroll father is fashion billionaire Lawrence Stroll and reportedly spent no less than $80 million making sure his son got a seat in F1. According to Road and Track, Stroll spent an exuberant amount of money on teams, engineers, and simulators to lock in his son as Williams' next number two driver.

He also sent his son to a worldwide test program equipped with a 2014 Williams-chassis car, two Mercedes engines, five Mercedes engineers, and an additional 20 staff members.

Both Lance and Lawrence Stroll, as well as Williams, did not deny this F1 news, however in the presentation of racers, Stroll said that he might have come with easy money compare to other F1 racers, but he believes that he earned his place at Williams considering that he has been on many pieces of training and won dozens of races as well.

Bottas, who will be his partner in 2017, also defended the young Canadian, highlighting the talent he has and the willingness to improve and learn from everything around him.

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