Stroll takes the final place on the 2019 F1 grid at Force India | 2019 F1 season

Esteban Ocon will be replaced at Force India by Lance Stroll, whose father led a consortium which purchased the team in August.

The move has been expected since Stroll had a seat fitting at the Force India factory three months ago. The 20-year-old has taken the final place on the grid for the 2019 F1 season.

Stroll made his F1 debut with Williams last year following a lengthy private test programme in the team’s cars. He and his father have been dissatisfied with the team’s performance since joining them, as Williams fell from fifth in the championship in 2017 to 10th – and last – this year.

Ocon, who has become Mercedes’ reserve driver, is one of six drivers who will be replaced during the off-season. Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne, Brendon Hartley, Marcus Ericsson and Sergey Sirotkin will also not be racing in F1 next year.

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