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F1: Lance Stroll, Force India complete 2019 grid

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On Friday, Force India officially announced Lance Stroll will join Sergio Perez in 2019.

Stroll moves from Williams to take the place of the departing Esteban Ocon.

“I’m pleased that we can finally confirm Lance’s arrival to race alongside Sergio next year,” said team principal Otmar Szafnauer at Formula1.com. “It gives us an exciting line-up with the perfect blend of youth, talent, and experience.

“Lance is only 20 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.”

Stroll’s podium finished came at Baku in 2017. That is his only top five in 41 starts. He scored another top 10 at Baku last year when he crossed under the checkers eighth.

“This is the beginning of an incredibly exciting journey in my Formula 1 career,” Stroll said. “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!”

Earlier this week, Toro Rosso announced Alexander Albon as their second driver alongside Daniil Kvyat, leaving Ocon without a ride in the game of musical chairs.

Ocon will assume the role of test driver for Mercedes in 2019.

2019 F1 Grid

  • Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
  • Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc
  • Red Bull – Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly
  • Renault – Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg
  • Haas – Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen
  • McLaren – Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris
  • Force India – Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll
  • Toro Rosso – Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon
  • Sauber – Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi
  • Williams – George Russell and Robert Kubica

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.