Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack has confirmed Lance Stroll will remain as Fernando Alonso's teammate for next season.
Stroll has struggled to match two-time champion teammate Fernando Alonso in their first season together at the Silverstone-based outfit, with the Spaniard securing all seven of the team's podiums to sit third in the Drivers' standings.
Whilst Alonso has prospered, Stroll has been unable to make an impression at the top of the grid and sits ninth in the standings on 47 points, although his early-season injury crisis provides mitigation.
Rumours have begun to swirl over his place with the team for next season, however, given his inability to back Alonso in the quest for second in the Constructors' standings.
Asked if Stroll was 'unfireable' due to father Lawrence's position as Owner, Krack told media including RacingNews365.com: "We don't have any such debate, we will be fine next year with the two drivers.
"There is not a marked gap in performance, there is a marked gap in points.
"As a team, we analyse the season from both perspectives and as a team, we need to do a much better job on that side of the garage.
"We have also had reliability issues and it was always on that car so it is something we need to do much better."
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Whilst Alonso finished second at the Dutch Grand Prix last weekend, Stroll finished outside the points in 11th.
But taking the blame for his scoreless return, Krack explained: "We have to look back and look at the strategy we adopted at Zandvoort, Lance had a strong weekend up until then.
"As a team, we have to take responsibility for a call that was just not decisive enough which ruined his race - we need to get better in such situations.
"We have had several issues all across the year which unfortunately always hit the same [car]."