Lance Stroll and father join Formula 1 'silly season'

Lance Stroll could be a surprise protagonist in this year's F1 'silly season'.

Lance Stroll could be a surprise protagonist in this year's Formula 1 'silly season'.

The specialist Italiaracing publication reports that the Williams driver's father, billionaire fashion mogul Lawrence Stroll, is being linked with Force India.

Force India, whose co-owners Vijay Mallya and Subrata Roy are both tackling serious legal issues, are considering dropping the 'India' from their name for 2018.

Boss Mallya hopes that the move will attract more investment, with the impressive independent team hitting the limits of their performance against better-funded teams.

"With a little bit more in our pocket we can make that incremental step and certainly fight in the top three consistently," he said.

It is possible that Stroll buying into Force India would mean a move to the Silverstone-based team for his 18-year-old son.

F1 CEO Chase Carey said that one of his favourite moments of 2017 so far was when Stroll achieved his first podium finish in Baku.

"In sport, it's a great story when an underdog suddenly has success," he told Auto Bild.

"Stroll had to listen to all that criticism for months, and everything about his father's money as well, and then he did his reply on the track in Baku. I would like to see more of that."

Stroll has picked up 18 points this year, five fewer than teammate Felipe Massa.

Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP into the first corner during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 10, 2015
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