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Williams defends 2018 F1 line-up amid 'pay driver' criticism

Williams deputy chief Claire Williams has launched a staunch defence of her team’s 2018 Formula 1 driver line-up, denying the notion its choice of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin had been influenced by money. 19-year-old Stroll will lead Williams’ charge this season, with the Canadian joined by Sirotkin, 22, in what will be the multiple world champions’ youngest-ever line-up in F1. The decision to pick heavily-backed SMP driver Sirotkin over Robert Kubica for 2018 received a backlash from critics, who claimed the decision had been financially swayed. Stroll, who became the youngest rookie ever to reach the F1 podium in Baku last season, has also faced criticism for the backing he...
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