Lance Stroll is relatively indifferent to the identity of the driver who’ll be sitting on the other side of the Williams garage next season, as long as he’s a team player.

All signs appear to point to Robert Kubica filling in the second seat alongside the Canadian, although the Grove-based outfit remains elusive on the subject.

Whoever replaces Felipe Massa, Stroll hopes the new recruit will bring qualities from which both the team and himself can benefit.

“I think you just want a team player,” said the Canadian in Abu Dhabi.

“At the end of the day you just drive your car, that’s kind of what you have to focus on, yourself and what’s going on on your side of the garage.

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“But of course it’s always good to have a good relationship, and you never want to have kind of a negative battle – you don’t want the team to start splitting up in any way, I think that’s the most important thing.

“You obviously want someone pushing you all the time, someone competitive at the top of their game, so you can become a better driver.

“That’s pretty much what you want. At the end of the day it pretty much comes down to what Williams wants to do.”

The 19-year-old isn’t acquainted with Robert Kubica, but will have an opportunity tp meet the Pole at next week’s post-race Pirelli test at Yas Marina.

“I have never met him. Obviously he was a great talent back in the day before his accident, everyone knows that he was one of the best around,” he says.

“I don’t know anything else, I don’t know where he stands in terms of his fitness or his health, I don’t know the details. We’ll see what Williams decides to do.”

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