LONDON – Montreal teenager Lance Stroll is set to be the youngest driver in Formula One next season after being confirmed in the Williams lineup.
Stroll turned 18 last week and will replace the retiring Felipe Massa to team up with Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas. He will be the first Canadian on the grid since 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve left F1 a decade ago.
Stroll, who has yet to obtain his road license, dominated this year’s Formula Three championship, winning the series by more than 100 points.
He becomes the sport’s youngest driver since Max Verstappen made his debut last year at 17.
“I can’t thank Williams enough for showing faith in my ability,” Stroll said Thursday. “Racing in F1 was something I dreamt about as a young kid. When I began karting seriously, F1 was then the ultimate goal and especially when I started racing cars in 2014.”
Stroll is the son of fashion billionaire Lawrence Stroll, who made a fortune from the Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors fashion brands.
-With files from Reuters.