Jacques Villeneuve believes that Lance Stroll should join Force India as a driver straight away. The Canadian is likely to join the Silverstone squad next year after his father, Lawrence, led a consortium to save the team and bring them out of administration.
Stroll currently races for Williams but is struggling as the British team has produced a difficult car in 2018. And 1997 world champion Villeneuve says that Stroll should waste no time and join Force India for the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the month.
"Lance should finish the season at Force India. He should not wait. He should drive in Belgium at the end of the month. Anything can be done in F1," Villeneuve insisted. "We've seen it in the past. Driver changes during the season are doable."
Recently, Villeneuve said that Williams is a "dying" team and now believes that Stroll's money leaving is a fatal blow for the squad: "The loss not only of Lawrence, but also the sponsor (Martini) is probably the final nail in the coffin. They'll then lose a lot of TV rights because they'll be at the bottom of the championship. Even pay drivers won't want to spend money there."
Villeneuve said Force India, on the other hand, is a good acquisition for Lawrence Stroll: "The organisation is better than Williams. They only stopped developing this year because they can't afford it.
"Lawrence has always made brands grow. It's one of his strengths. He couldn't do it at Williams because he was not the owner, but his influence will be greater at Force India. He will help them. Force India remained a racing team, unlike Williams."