Williams confirms drivers for next season

lancestrollWilliams has announced its drivers for the 2017 season. As announced earlier this year, Felipe Massa will be wrapping up his F1 career at the end of the season while his team-mate, Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, will continue at Williams for his fifth season with the team. Bottas’s team-mate will be Canadian driver Lance Stroll, a former Italian F4 and Toyota Racing champion as well as the reigning European F3 champion.

Stroll is also only 18 years old, thus he’ll be on the considerably younger end of the driver pool next season (which may see a few more new entries with the exits of Massa and Button). There has been, as there usually is, some vicious talk that Stroll is being promoted to F1 simply due to his father now owning a considerable share of the Williams team. However, his racing accolades at least seem legit so best of luck to him.

Stroll will also be the first Canadian to compete in F1s since Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion. Villeneuve is also the only Canadian who has raced in F1s during the 21st century (his last season being 2006 with BMW Sauber).

Update (January 17, 2017): Felipe Massa cancelled his retirement and will race at Williams in 2017.