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Billionaire’s teenage son Stroll to replace Massa at Williams

Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll is European Formula 3 champion

Teenager Lance Stroll will make his Formula 1 debut with Williams in 2017, taking the place of Felipe Massa, who is retiring at the end of the season.

Stroll, 18, will be the first Canadian to race in the sport since 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.

He will partner experienced Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas at the Mercedes-powered team.

European Formula 3 champion Stroll is set to be the youngest driver on the starting grid next season.

However, he will not be the youngest ever to start a race.

That accolade belongs to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was 17 years and 166 days old when he made his debut for Toro Rosso in Australia in 2015.

Stroll has been prepared for his graduation with a series of tests in old Williams cars.

His father is Canadian billionaire businessman Lawrence Stroll.

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