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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

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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