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Williams F1 set to announce Canadian teenager Lance Stroll as their new driver

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Williams F1 team are set to announce Canadian teenager Lance Stroll as their new driver as Felipe Massa looks to retire at the end of the season.

Stroll, who is set to partner Valtteri Bottas next season, is now looking to advance to the next stage in his career despite only being 18, making him the second youngest driver in F1 history - with Belgian Max Verstappen maintaining his record after making his debut at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix whilst still 17.

Stroll first gained attention when Ferrari made the decision to sign him for its development team at the age of 11, after being scouted in North American go-karting ranks.


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He then slowly rose through the ranks, but questions loomed over him as to whether he could deliver on the track, especially with having to transition from go-karting to faster race cars.

However, since making his debut in Formula 3 last year, he has slowly begun to flourish.

He had an impressionable year in Formula 3 this year, cruising to the F3 title with 14 wins and six further podiums, and ultimately finishing 187 points above his nearest rival Maximilian Gunter.

This arrangement for Stroll to replace retiring Massa has been known for a while, however, Williams F1 actively made the decision to delay the announcement until Stroll turned 18, due to Martini being one of the main partners of the team.

Massa, who turned 35 in April, is set to retire with 11 wins out of 248 races to date and 41 podium finishes.

His peak came between 2006 and 2008, where he finished third, fourth and second; but has not finished in the top five ever since.

Stroll’s future partner Bottas is currently sitting joint-seventh in F1, placing more than 90 points below his sixth place rival Verstappen.

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