The Williams F1 team has delayed the announcement of its 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup until the new year, but Russian Sergey Sirotkin remains the strong favorite to become Lance Stroll’s teammate.
Williams is the only team yet to confirm its driver lineup, so its vacant seat is the hottest ticket in the paddock at this moment, but the team is determined not be rushed into making a decision. Although only former F1 drivers Paul Di Resta, Robert Kubica and Sirotkin -- Daniil Kvyat has also been linked -- have tested for the seat, it's a good bet that almost every out-of-work F1 driver or Formula 2 driver wanting to make the step up to the premier class has been banging on the door of Williams executive Claire Williams.
Despite stating that the decision will ultimately come down to how the driver performs on-track, the substantial sponsorship package behind Sirotkin and the potential for extra media coverage should Kubica complete a fairy-tale comeback are sure to enter into the equation at some point.
“The path of the team is financial, including Kubica, so it does not surprise me,” retiring Williams driver Felipe Massa told Autosport. “But I don't know what will happen, I'm not following the team now.
“My thoughts are in other things and what I'm doing from now, and it's not F1 anymore.”
By Sam Hall
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