Williams’ development driver Lance Stroll has stated that he is feeling the pressure of current speculation surrounding him and a seat in Formula 1 next season.
Since current Williams driver Felipe Massa announced his retirement at the Italian Grand Prix, there have been many rumours about who would take his place, Stroll looking to be the most likely.
It has been reported that Stroll’s father has put together a total of $35 million in backing for the 17-year old driver.
Stroll has recently racked up enough points for a Formula 1 Super Licence, so would be able to drive in the sport next season if he is able to get a seat.
The young Canadian has admitted that he is not letting the stress and rumours get to him, however.
“There is pressure,” he admitted, “and a lot of people talking, but I just have to concentrate on finishing the season properly in F3.
“People talk about F1, and it’s a bigger world, but in the end I can only do the best I can do.”
It has also been announced that Stroll will shortly being testing in a 2014-spec Williams car.
“I don’t know all the details,” Stroll added.
“Williams have developed a programme for me with the 2014 car, but I don’t know when it will start. We will go on different tracks in Europe and outside Europe.
“I can’t wait, it’s exciting and I’ll be busy. But we must separate the two worlds a little and focus on one thing at a time.”
Despite this, Stroll has his options open, and is also considering a move to GP2 in 2017.
“If the opportunity comes, for sure F1 is where you want to be,”
“But if GP2 is what you have to do then you have to do it.
“I don’t know yet. Both options are possible.”