Formula 3 driver Lance Stroll set for Williams development role

FIA F3 European Championship 2015, Round 10, Nürburgring, Germany

It was reported yesterday by Autosport that Formula 3 driver Lance Stroll is poised to take up a driver development role with the Williams Formula 1 team.

Autosport believe that the 17-year-old Canadian and advisor Luca Baldisserri have been in discussions with Williams about taking up a position at Grove.

Stroll is currently part of the Ferrari Young Driver Academy programme, run and managed by Baldisserri, who was previously chief track engineer with the Scuderia.

Stroll, however, now looks set to join Williams, with the recent retirement of Susie Wolff creating space on the team’s driver roster.

In his first year of his career, Stroll won the Italian Formula 4 title in 2014 before moving up with Prema Powerteam to the Formula 3 European Championship this year.

After some controversial mid-season accidents, he finished the year strongly with six podiums in the final 11 races, including a victory in the first race of the final round at Hockenheim.

Even though Stroll will remain with the Prema team in 2016, he is backed by his retail billionaire father Lawrence, who was last year linked with a potential buy in to Sauber, which ultimately came to nothing. But we shall see over the next few weeks what happens with this situation.

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