Lance Stroll has completed his switch from Williams to Force India after the Silverstone-based outfit confirmed him as Sergio Perez’s team-mate next season.
Stroll will take over Esteban Ocon’s seat at the team with the Frenchman forced out after failing to find a drive for 2019. Force India’s takeover by Stroll’s father Lawrence in the summer played a major part in the 2016 Formula 3 champion’s promotion.
The Canadian, who collected a podium and front row start in his debut campaign, endured a tough second year in Formula 1 in an uncompetitive Williams FW41.
Over the 21-race season, Stroll registered just two points finishes in Baku and Monza as the British outfit propped up the bottom of the standings.
“This is the beginning of an incredibly exciting journey in my Formula 1 career,” said Stroll.
“I look forward to working alongside a successful team with a great culture. It’s a new challenge and I am excited to embrace this new opportunity!”
Team principal and CEO of Racing Point Force India Otmar Szafnauer believes Stroll’s appointment alongside Perez gives the team the “perfect blend” of drivers.
“I’m pleased that we can finally confirm Lance’s arrival to race alongside Sergio next year,” Szafnauer said.
“It gives us an exciting line-up with the perfect blend of youth, talent, and experience. Lance is only twenty and already has two years of Formula 1 experience under his belt, as well as a podium finish and a front row start.
“We see huge potential in Lance and believe we can create an environment in which he can flourish. Our team has enjoyed great success nurturing and developing young and talented drivers, and we are very excited to begin our journey with Lance.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Esteban Ocon for his contribution to the team over the last two seasons and wish him well for the future.”