Williams Mercedes have indicated that they will not be rushed in finalising a driver decision this year, potentially leaving the decision to fill the most competitive seat in Formula One until 2018... With January next year marking just a few weeks until serious pre season testing is set to begin for the new season, Williams have indicated to the official Formula One website that the once great British team will not be pushed in to making a decision on who will partner Canadian teenager Lance Stroll in the Martin backed Mercedes powered cars before the Christmas break, leaving potential 2018 candidates Robert Kubica, Sergey Sirotkin, Paul di Resta and Daniil Kvyat a long festive break while the Grove based squad finalise their plans for the upcoming year. Initially it was thought that Polish former Grand Prix winner and some time rally driver Kubica would be in prime position for the seat, however recent tests with Renault reserve and well funded Russian Sirotkin have potentially swayed the opinion of Williams management, with the 22 year old now looking like the most favoured candidate to line up for one of the last few remaining top seats on the grid. Once Williams make a decision on the second seat alongside Stroll that will pretty much mark the end of the driver merry-go-round for 2018, leaving attention to focus on new car launches and pre season testing all due to begin in the open three months of the 2018. If you like your motorsport fast and open wheeled, check out the Formula One sub forum and get yourself in on the discussion today! Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! RaceDepartment YouTube RaceDepartment Twitter RaceDepartment Facebook RaceDepartment Twitch RaceDepartment Instagram Who do you think Williams should sign for 2018? Is a decision to delay until 2018 a sign of difficulties behind the scenes for Williams? Let us know in the comments section below!