The start for the Russian Grand is normally a time when a lot of things are happening and that has certainly been...
Young drivers are on the rise in Formula 1 and 21-year-old Lance Stroll is part of that new generation of racers. After two seasons with ailing Williams, Stroll has had the opportunity to join Lawrence Stroll, his father’s team, at Racing Point, with varying degrees of success.
Fast paced through the ranks
Lance's successes in karting put him directly on the map for big teams in the king's class. Ferrari had included him in its junior programme (Ferrari Driver Academy) and the Canadian took part in two higher series in 2015: Formula 3 and the Toyota Racing Series. The Toyota Racing Series was won by Stroll but the first year in Formula 3 was disappointing with only P5.
Nevertheless, Lance Stroll remains loyal to the Prema team, with whom the Canadian also managed to win the Italian Formula 4 championship in 2014. In 2016 Stroll got a second chance and won the title in Formula 3! But at a high price: prior to that season, the Canadian driver announced that he will switch from being a development driver at Ferrari, to the Williams team. All ties with the team from Maranello are broken, but his debut in Formula 1 came very quickly.
After the 2016 season in Formula 3 the time had come. Paddy Lowe of Williams announced the then still very young Stroll as a driver for the F1 team. Felipe Massa will stay another year to teach the Canadian a thing or two, but Stroll will have to show his best straight away. One bright spot is the podium finish in Baku during the season. Stroll will be the only driver in 2015, alongside the racers of the three top teams (Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull), who drank champagne on the podium.
In 2018, Williams' car (the FW41) was even worse, if possible, and Stroll had trouble scoring points. Veteran Felipe Massa left and newcomer Sergey Sirotkin can't teach Stroll much. The Formula 1 team of Frank Williams ends with a meagre seven points in last place, Lance Stroll is responsible for six of those points.
In 2019, Stroll switched to a more competitive team (Racing Point), but there he'll make sure he's still a pay-driver at times. The son of the boss is far short of the experienced Sergio Perez and even managed to finish behind a Williams in several races.
Lance Stroll in 2020
With his father at the helm, Stroll seems assured of a future in Formula 1, but 2020 seems like the last chance to show the outside world that the Canadian really belongs at this level.
Latest Lance Stroll news
Immediately a Safety Car in GP Russia after two crashes in the first lap
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Perez: "There has been contact with some teams"
Sergio Perez will say goodbye to Racing Point after this season, given that the team has attracted Sebastian Vettel....
Bad news for Perez thanks to Stroll's crash in Mugello
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Team boss Racing Point: "He has fully earned his place next to Vettel"
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Racing Point confirms: Stroll's engine completely broken after crash in Mugello
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AMuS: 'The new upgrades from Racing Point take them a step away from Mercedes'
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Szafnauer: ''It is a compliment to Sergio that we have doubted for so long''
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Stroll: "Criticism will always be there"
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Buxton: "Yet it is the perception that Stroll is doing worse than Perez"
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Stroll has already done his first laps at Imola
Lance Stroll has made good use of the short break on the Formula 1 calendar. The Canadian has chosen to explore...
Exit hurts Perez anyway: "The car looks great for next year too"
Sergio Perez has been pushed aside at Racing Point. In 2021 his seat will be taken by four-time world champion...
Racing Point abandons Mercedes philosophy with new updates
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Racing Point in a hurry after crash Stroll: "Don't know if we bring the updates"
Lance Stroll caused the second red flag during the Tuscan Grand Prix after crashed hard in the fastest part...
Stroll hits the barriers hard after puncture
Lance Stroll seemed on his way to an excellent result in the Tuscan Grand Prix. The Canadian was in the process...
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