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Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll
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Full Name: 
Lance Stroll
Birth Date: 
29 October, 1998
Birth Place: 
Montreal
Driver Status: 
Current
Driver Height: 
182cm
Driver Weight: 
70kg
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Lance Stroll Biography

Lance Stroll - Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Driver

Lance Stroll Career Overview and Fast Links

  • Career Overview

  • 2021 Aston Martin Racing Team Launch

  • Route to F1

  • F1 Williams (2017, 2018)

  • F1 Racing Point (2019, 2020)

  • F1 Aston Martin (2021)

  • Fast Facts

Lance Stroll F1 Career Overview

Lance Stroll will compete with the Aston Martin Cognizant F1 team in the 2021 F1 World Championship for what will be his fifth season in the top flight and his first campaign with the incoming British marque.

A driver that has courted a considerable amount of attention for his rapid ascent towards F1 via F3 and family connections to the new owners of the erstwhile Force India-turned-Racing Point-turned-Aston Martin team, Stroll is nonetheless now a familiar figure in the paddock at the young age of 22.

Making the unconventional step from the FIA F3 European Championship - which he dominated in 2016 - to F1, Stroll made his F1 debut in 2017 with Williams before joining Racing Point in 2019, which has now morphed into Aston Martin.

To date [March 2021] Stroll has achieved three podiums and a best of 11th in the overall standings in 2020.

Lance Stroll Net Worth 2021: $3 million (source)

Lance Stroll Driver Salary 2021: $2 million approx (source)

* third-party source

2021 Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Launch

Lance Stroll - Route to F1

After making a name for himself in the Canadian and American national karting ranks, Stroll’s efforts earned him immediate attention from some of motorsport’s most revered figures, leading to his induction into the Ferrari Driver Academy from the age of 12.

This association brought him his first car racing outing in the 2014 Florida Winter Series against future F1 rivals Nicholas Latifi and Max Verstappen, Stroll taking a best finish of second position en route to eighth in the standings.

This brought Stroll his first full season of car racing in the Italian F4 Championship with leading outfit Prema Powerteam which he won at a relative canter with seven wins, 13 podiums and five pole positions. He followed this up with a title win in the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series over Brandon Maisano, who he’d tussled with in Italian F4.

F3

Stepping up to the FIA European F3 Championship for 2015 with Prema, Stroll showed good pace relative to his experience against a field that included the likes of Antonio Giovinazzi and Lance Stroll. However, Stroll didn’t endear himself to rivals - and team-mates - with a number of controversial incidents, landing exclusions from two separate races for a pair of high-profile incidents.

The first came at the high-speed Monza Circuit on a weekend in which driving standards in the series were brought under harsh scrutiny with a number of collisions in races leading to a series of safety car periods in all three races.

However, Stroll’s crash during Race 2 was to be the most spectacular when, after running wide at the first corner chicane, he attempted to defend from Giovinazzi approaching from the outside on the run to Curva Grande. Squeezing him to the outside and onto the grass, the pair touched to send Stroll’s car into a violent somersault that skated over the top of the barriers. 

He was unharmed but judged at fault and would have been forced to start race three from the pit-lane but for an appeal from Prema. However, with drivers under strict instruction to be on good behaviour, Stroll would later collide with Mikkel Jensen, prompting the unprecedented decision by organisers to red flag the race and call the result early as a punishment for the entire field. Stroll had been running ninth at the time, but after Prema withdrew its original appeal, Stroll was duly excluded since he was in effect racing ‘illegally’. 

The following month Stroll courted more controversy when his aggressive defence of the lead at Spa led to him swerving from the inside line to the racing line into the path of Jensen, which forced the Dane into Felix Rosenqvist - Prema’s key title contender. Putting all three out of the race, Stroll was blamed again and excluded from the final race of the weekend.

Putting the difficult opening half of the season behind him, Stroll enjoyed a much stronger second half with six podiums - including a maiden win at the Nurburgring - in the final four events to spur him on to fifth in the final standings. 

Promoted to Prema leader for 2016, Stroll came into the year having departed the Ferrari Driver Academy in favour of a test driver role with the Williams F1 team, setting him in motion for what would be a full promotion to the top flight.

In the meantime Stroll had to win F3 to ensure the superlicence points he needed to make the step and he duly responded with a successful season characterised by a dominant rout during the second-half of the year. 

Though some eyebrows were raised during the opening rounds over claims inter-team politics created an unequal racing environment  - the legacy of Lance’s billionaire father buying a stake in Prema - Stroll was nonetheless in control from Round 4 onwards, winning 14 of the final 20 rounds ro win the title by a huge 187 point margin over Max Gunther.

Sportscars

Beyond single-seaters, Stroll also supplemented his route to F1 with guest outings in sportscars by competing in January’s Daytona 24 Hours.

Making his debut in 2016, Stroll joined experienced racers Alex Wurz, Brendon Hartley and Andy Priaulx in the factory Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT entry, the quartet going on to finish fifth in class. 

Two years later he returned, this time in the prototype class with Jackie Chan DCR Jota, finishing 11th in class alongside Rosenqvist, Daniel Juncadella and Robin Frijns.

Lance Stroll - Route to F1 Year-by-Year (2017 - Present)

Lance Stroll 2017 F1 Results Overview
Williams Martini Racing - FW40 Mercedes
-Races20
-Wins0
-Podiums1
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish3rd (Azerbaijan GP)
-2017 F1 Points40 Points
-2017 F1 Championship Standing12th

As expected, Stroll was promoted to the Williams Martini Racing driver line-up for the 2017 season, originally in place of Felipe Massa, only for the Brazilian to return alongside him in the wake of Valtteri Bottas defecting to Mercedes.

With Stroll’s route to F1 drawing parallels with Max Verstappen, who debuted in F1 a year earlier with Toro Rosso after a single season of F3 racing, there was significant attention on the first Canadian since Jacques Villeneuve to compete in the top flight.

However, it was a fraught start in F1 for Stroll, characterised by a number of spins and crashes during pre-season testing and the opening rounds, with his first finish coming in Round 4 at Sochi.

Nonetheless, in a car now mired firmly in the midfield even in the ultra experienced hands of team-mate Massa, Stroll’s form began to improve and he fittingly secured his first points with a run to ninth on home soil in the Canadian Grand Prix.

This was followed at the next race by a shock run to the podium in the following Azerbaijan Grand Prix. With the Williams car's weaknesses coming from low speed venues, the high-speed straights of the Baku City Circuit played to the FW40’s strengths, which coupled with a series of incidents towards the end of the race saw him running as high as second place.

Though he was out-dragged to the finish line by Valtteri Bottas, third position made him one of the youngest drivers in history to ever stand on the rostrum.

Thereafter results came more easily for Stroll and high-speed circuits duly played host to his most notable performances, namely a front row start at Monza after a wet qualifying session and a run to sixth position in Mexico. Coupled to points at Silverstone, Singapore and Sepang, he ended the year 12th in the standings, just three points behind Massa.

Lance Stroll 2018 F1 Results Overview
Williams Martini Racing - FW41 Mercedes
-Races21
-Wins0
-Podiums0
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish8th (Azerbaijan GP)
-2018 F1 Points6 Points
-2018 F1 Championship Standing18th

Promoted to team leader in 2018 after Sergey Sirotkin replaced the retiring Massa in the sister car, Stroll suffered for what was generally a bad year for a Williams team struggling in the wake of bad financial results and a desperately uncompetitive car.

This was despite it being designed by Paddy Lowe, regarded as one of the primary reasons for Mercedes’ current domination of the sport.

However, Williams found itself rooted towards the back of the field for the majority of the year with Stroll only cracking the top ten on two occasions - an eighth in Baku and a ninth place finish at Monza.

More damningly was Stroll being beaten by the less experienced Sirotkin on the qualifying head-to-head (12 to 8), even if the Canadian did end the year with more points to his name.

Lance Stroll 2019 F1 Results Overview
SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team - RP19 Mercedes
-Races21
-Wins0
-Podiums0
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish4th (German GP)
-2019 F1 Points21 Points
-2019 F1 Championship Standing15th

Despite his troubles at Williams, Stroll’s immediate future in the sport had been decided on the strength of his father Lawrence Stroll stepping in to save the competitive but cash-strapped Force India team mid-way through 2018 after the outfit was threatened with liquidation.

With Stroll Snr leading a consortium that would take it over with immediate effect from the Hunagrian Grand Prix, Force India was renamed Racing Point and Stroll (Jnr) duly signed to take over from Esteban Ocon from 2019. Later in the year it was confirmed the team would morph into Aston Martin from 2021, the result of Stroll assuming a large stake in the iconic British marque.

Paired with the experienced Sergio Perez, Stroll struggled to get the better of the Mexican either in qualifying or race trim and troubled the points on only five occasions all year, even if this did include a fourth place finish in a rain-affected German Grand Prix he at one stage looked on course to win before dropping back in the closing stages.

However, Stroll’s persistent issues with getting the softer tyres into a good working temperature would see him flounder in qualifying once again, ending the year crushed by Perez starting ahead of him in 18 of the 21 races. Indeed, it would take until the German GP (Round 11) for him to break out of Q1, which in turn ended a dismal streak of 14 races without reaching Q2. Perez ended the year with 52 points to Stroll’s 21.

Lance Stroll 2020 F1 Results Overview
BWT Racing Point F1 Team - RP20 Mercedes
-Races17
-Wins0
-Podiums2
-Pole Positions1
-Best Finish3rd (Italian GP, Sakhir GP)
-2020 F1 Points75 Points
-2020 F1 Championship Standing11th

Competing in an unchanged driver line-up, Stroll made a significant step-forward during the first half of the 2020 season, scoring in eight of the opening nine races, even if critics will point to his controversial Racing Point RP20 machinery, which looked suspiciously similar to the title-winning W10 campaigned by technical partners Mercedes the previous year. 

After a protest from Renault, the FIA agreed - despite having originally signed it off - and docked Racing Point 15 points in the constructors’ standings (which ultimately cost it third overall), though the drivers points remained unaffected.

During this run Stroll returned to the podium with a run to third position in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, a feat he repeated in a breakthrough Sakhir Grand Prix when he finished third, behind race-winning team-mate Perez. 

He also scored his (and Racing Point’s) first pole position in a weather-affected Turkish Grand Prix, but these latter efforts came amid a run of disappointing form - not helped by skipping a race with COVID-19 - that dropped him to 11th overall having run as high as fourth earlier in the year. 

Lance Stroll will race with the Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team in the 2021 F1 World Championship

Despite once again being comprehensively out-performed by Perez in 2020 - who finished fourth overall - Stroll’s family connections enabled him to get the nod over the Mexican for the available seat at the rebranded Aston Martin team, with four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel coming in alongside him.

It marks the first time Aston Martin has competed in F1 as a brand, though it has title sponsored Red Bull Racing in the years previously. It will continue to receive technical backing - including power units - from Mercedes.

Lance Stroll Fun Facts

  • Lance Stroll became the first driver from Canada to start an F1 race since Jacques Villeneuve in 2006, though is now one of two to be competing in the series (together with Nicholas Latifi)

  • Though he races under the Canadian flag, Stroll also holds British and Belgian citizenship as a result of his family background

  • His well-known father Lawrence Stroll has become a ubiquitous figure in the sport and is understood to be worth $3.2billion. A fashion industry mogul. Stroll’s passion for motoring and motorsport smoothed the way for his son to make a name for himself, before he purchased Force India (turning it into Racing Point) then bringing in Aston Martin on the back of a significant investment that earned him a 16.7% stake in the company.

  • Stroll is the second youngest person to start an F1 race at 18 years and 148 days, as well as the second youngest to score points and a podium. On each count he sits after Max Verstappen. 

  • His pole position in the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix makes him the fifth youngest pole sitter in F1 (after Vettel, Leclerc, Alonso and Verstappen)