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F1

Canadian teenager Stroll to drive for Williams in 2017

The rookie will replace the retiring Felipe Massa at the British team next year. The European Formula Three champion will partner Valtteri Bottas as Williams pin their hopes on a change in fortune given new rules.

Stroll, 18, has been one of Williams' development drivers this year and has been been chosen to make the step-up with Brazilian Massa hanging up his helmet.

He will be the first Canadian F1 driver in over a decade and the second youngest to drive in a Grand Prix after Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

"2017 is going to be a big learning curve for me, but I believe contesting the FIA European Formula 3 Championship for the past two years has prepared me well ," he said in a statement.

"I'm eager to absorb everything Williams can share with me so that I improve. I'll be taking things on a race-by-race, lap-by-lap basis."

Finn Bottas will stay on at Williams for a fifth successive season as they hope the 2017 regulation changes help them nudge up the pack after years of woe.

The once glorious team are fifth in this season's standings.

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