Williams Martini Racing will postpone making a decision on who will partner Lance Stroll for the 2018 Formula One season until the conclusion of the 2017 Formula One season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next month.
Lance Stroll will remain with the team next season and has been extremely impressive this season following a number of struggles early on in his debut season in Formula One. The 18 year old Canadian finished in third place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix earlier this season and is currently in 12th place in the championship on 32 points just four behind team mate Felipe Massa.
Williams have been evaluating a number of drivers for 2018 with both Robert Kubica and Williams test and reserve driver Paul Di Resta having tested for the Grove based outfit in Hungary last week.
Williams have confirmed that they evaluating Kubica to see if the Pole can make a return to Formula One.
Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein has also emerged as a candidate for the Williams drive according to Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff who is reportedly keen to have the German placed with Williams.
Williams Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe has confirmed that Felipe Massa remains a candidate to remain with the team however the Brazilian has now questioned Williams decision to analyse Di Resta and Kubica.
Massa believes that Kubica will suffer limitations given the injuries he sustained in his rally accident a number of years ago which forced him to quit Formula One, however Massa has admired the Pole’s decision to attempt a Formula One comeback.
When it comes to Di Resta, Massa believes that the Scottish driver who filled in for the Brazilian earlier this season would not be able to set the car up and would not be the best choice for the team.
Williams are currently in fifth place in the Constructors championship on 68 points.