Published On: Wed, Nov 15th, 2017

Lewis Hamilton: Lance Stroll wanted Mercedes man to join Williams – Sir Patrick Head | F1 | Sport

Williams are in the market for a new driver this winter following Felipe Massa’s decision to bring down the curtain on his Formula One career.

And Robert Kubica is the man hotly-tipped to join their roster alongside Stroll, who’s on course to end his debut season 11th in the drivers’ standings.

Kubica has been lined up for a test drive at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit after the final race of the campaign on Sunday November 26.

Williams co-founder Head has now revealed Stroll had set his sights on being partnered by 2017 F1 champion Hamilton though.

“Robert was one of the outstanding drivers in Formula One in recent years,” Head told Sky Sports.

“The big difficulty is, does he still have the toughness and heart for it? Only he knows that. And is he physically capable? He’s certainly got a very heavily damaged arm and Williams obviously want to find that out.

“If he is physically capable, he will be a very good choice.

“Lance was asked himself who he would like to see and he jokingly said Lewis Hamilton

“Obviously this has been a big learning year for Lance and in order for him to be rated, then the chap in the other car needs to be highly rated as well. You are always rated against your team-mate.

“For Lance, his view will be he needs the strongest driver possible in the other car. 

“There’s always going to be question marks about Robert because of his physical limitations until he proves that’s not the case. Maybe a test in Abu Dhabi will show internally if he has the capability.”

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Paul Di Resta has also been touted as a potential replacement for the retiring Massa.

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