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Stroll: Track record proves I earned F1 seat with Williams

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Lance Stroll is confident that his record through junior motorsport categories proves that he has earned his place in Formula 1 with Williams for 2017.

Williams announced on Thursday that Stroll, 18, would be joining its F1 line-up for 2017, partnering Valtteri Bottas.

The Canadian driver has spent two years racing in single-seaters, winning the Italian F4 title in 2015 before becoming the youngest FIA F3 champion in history this season.

Stroll’s career has been bankrolled by his billionaire father, Lawrence, who made his fortune as an investor in Tommy Hilfiger.

Stroll Jr. has enjoyed a substantial testing program funded by his father in anticipation of his F1 debut, getting to grips with a 2014-spec Williams at a number of tracks across the globe over the past few months.

However, Stroll insists that his background is not of importance, instead wanting to do his talking on-track as he did through his junior racing career.

“I come from money, I’m not going to deny that,” Stroll said.

“I believe I won my shot in F1 because I won every championship I’ve competed in in single-seaters.

“Now the FIA have put in Super Licence for that reason, so people can’t buy their way into F1. You have to prove yourself and win in junior categories.

“I don’t want to say when I’ll be able to show I’m not just here for money. That just depends on so many things.

“I’m just going to worry about my business. I’m very happy to be here and I’m just looking forward to next season.”

“Money doesn’t drive performance. You either have the talent or you don’t,” Williams deputy team boss Claire Williams added.

“Lance has proved he has talent and has done what he has done. He has to do the job next year and he will do that.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.