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2018-01-08 08:04

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Canada - Lance Stroll has hit back at Jacques Villeneuve, saying the former Williams driver is "always negative".

1997 world champion Villeneuve, who drove for the British team when he won his title over 20 years ago, is a serial critic of his fellow Canadian Stroll.

What Villeneuve said

Now, Villeneuve has hit out at Williams for reportedly selecting the heavily backed Russian Sergey Sirotkin instead of Robert Kubica to be Stroll's 2018 teammate.

Villeneuve said: "They already sold their soul to the billions of Lawrence Stroll, who only cares about his son." 

Stroll, 19, hit back in the pages of the French publication Auto Hebdo: "I don't pay too much attention to what he's saying.

"It's always going to be negative anyway.  He never supported me, in every sense of the word.  He only sees the negative.  Even the Baku podium was not a positive in his eyes," Stroll insisted.

However, Williams' 2018 lineup - expected to be made official in the next week or so - is raising eyebrows throughout the motor racing world.

But two-time champion Mika Hakkinen says sponsorship is just part of the puzzle as a driver moves towards F1.

Hakkinen told Sonntagszeitung newspaper: "You definitely need all the elements to get into formula one -- (including) good contacts and a lot of money.

"It's difficult to name an exact number, but when you reach formula one, you've already burned millions." 

The 2017 @f1 World Championship is a wrap! Firstly, I'd like to thank my fans, who have stuck by my side and believed in me throughout this season. Also to my team @williamsmartiniracing for guiding me through this long held journey. As I look back on the season, I can't help but think what an incredible learning experience this has been for me. 20 weekends, 20 countries, all around the world. It really kicked off at round 7. The Canadian Grand Prix. All the buzz and hype around that weekend, I knew it was my time. Scoring points at home was only the beginning. We moved forward with heavy momentum to Baku, Azerbaijan. My first podium finish as a rookie in Formula 1. However, the hunt would continue on, and so would the fire inside of me. Monza, Italy. It was raining in qualifying, opportunity knocked and we grabbed it with both hands. Put it on the Front row for Sunday. No one ahead, clear eyes and a full heart. Then, off to Singapore, Malaysia, battling and finishing in the points. Mexico City, thank you for such an incredible experience. I will never forget this season. Scoring 40 points, placing me 12th in the Formula 1 World Championship, just missing out on the top 10 by a few points! It really went down to the last race. I achieved goals that I had set out for the next few years. Thank you for all your support. I look forward to an off-season of reflection and hard work to make sure I improve on my weaknesses and build on my strengths so I come into 2018 as strong as possible! LS18

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