August 23, 2018 / 6:27 PM / 8 months ago

Motor racing: Stroll offers no guarantee of seeing out season at Williams

Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium - August 23, 2018 Williams' Lance Stroll during the press conference REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Canadian Lance Stroll gave no guarantees he would see out the Formula One season with Williams after a consortium led by his father Lawrence took control of renamed rivals Force India.

“Nothing’s guaranteed but right now I’m really just focused on this weekend ... and we’ll see what the future holds,” the 19-year-old told reporters on Thursday ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

“For the moment I’m here at Williams, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing in the future,” he said.

“We’ll see what my father decides to do with me. He’s a nice guy. I hope he’ll take me,” he added when asked about 2019.

Stroll senior has backed his son’s motor racing career from the outset and the Force India takeover is seen as a mechanism to further that.

Former world champions Williams were languishing last in the standings with just four points from 12 races, while Force India, who also use Mercedes engines, have been fourth for the past two years.

They were sixth before the governing FIA announced on Thursday that the team, renamed Racing Point Force India, would have to start from scratch and stripped of all their 2018 constructors’ points up to Belgium.

Stroll said his father saw a lot of potential in what was Force India.

“They are in a very difficult position and he believes he can help grow the company and make them as competitive as they can be,” he added.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by David Holmes

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