After his father Lawrence Stroll bought Sahara Force India back in July of 2018, Lance's arrival looked imminent, and he eventually did take the place of Esteban Ocon for the 2019 season. Stroll will line up next to Sergio Pérez, who is a veteran at the team, as the 20-year-old hopes to put a forgettable 2018 at Williams behind him.
“I can see how much potential we have in this team and there’s an incredible buzz in the factory and so much enthusiasm," the 20-year-old said in Racing Point's press release.
"I always aim high so I want us to be competitive right from the start.
"It’s way too early to know how we compare to the other teams, but right here today I believe we should be fighting for points in every race.
"My goal is to get back on the podium in 2019 as well. I’ve seen what this team achieved in the past and it’s a real credit to the people involved.
"I’m looking forward to making our own history.”
It's a big goal for Stroll to aim for a podium, as Force India only finished sixth in the constructors' championship in 2018, but it does speak to the faith the team has in its new financial backers and in the project in general. Are Racing Point the next force to be reckoned with in F1?