Lance Stroll
Canada
Driver

Lance Stroll

1998-10-29 (age 24)
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Lance Stroll Biography

From one of the youngest drivers to start an F1 race to being one of the longer-serving racers on the current grid, 2023 is Lance Stroll’s seventh season of F1, once more with Aston Martin Racing.

 

While his on-track efforts in that time have on occasion been overshadowed by the roving business interests of his father - Aston Martin Racing Chairman, Lawrence Stroll - the Canadian has been able to rise above scrutiny in the years since his much discussed F1 debut.

 

Starting out with a successful rise through the North American karting ranks, Stroll was inducted into the Ferrari Driver Academy at 12-years old. Spurring him onto pursuing his burgeoning open-wheel career in Europe, he’d peak with a dominant run to title success in the FIA European Formula Championship in 2016 with Prema Powerteam.

 

Having already joined Williams Racing’s testing roster in 2015 with a view to securing a race seat in the near future, Stroll’s title success convinced the British squad to promote him directly from Formula 3 for the 2017 F1 season.

Lance Stroll's Formula 1 Stats

F1 Entries 128 (127 starts)
Pole Positions 1 (2020 Turkish Grand Prix)
Wins 0
Podiums 3
Fastest Laps 0
Total Career Points 221
World Titles 0
Best Finish 3rd (2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, 2020 Italian Grand Prix, 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix)
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C42

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C42

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

2022 - Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team

15th - 18 points

 

Stroll’s second season in British Racing Green brings hope that Aston Martin can capitalise on radical new technical regulations to rebound up the grid, but the AMR22 proved a handful during the early rounds.

 

A series of upgrades over the course of the year did their bit to stimulate competitiveness, leading Stroll to a season’s best sixth place finish in Singapore.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

2021 - Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team

13th - 34 points

 

With Racing Point morphing into Aston Martin Racing upon Lawrence Stroll’s purchase of the historic British marque, Stroll is joined by four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel in the rebranded team.

 

Keen to build on the success of the previous season, Stroll struggled to find the sweet spot of the AMR21, which was blighted by aero issues early on in the season.

 

Reaching the points in nine of the 22 races, Stroll’s best finish of the season was nonetheless limited to his run to seventh at Monza, consigning him to 13th in the overall standings.

Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP20, 3rd position, crosses the line to the delight of his team

Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP20, 3rd position, crosses the line to the delight of his team

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

2020 - BWT Racing Point F1 Team

11th - 75 points

 

A second season with Racing Point saw Stroll receive his most competitive package yet with the controversial but quick Mercedes W10-inspired RP20.

 

Stroll capitalised with points in seven of the opening eight rounds, among them a run to fourth in the Hungarian Grand Prix and a third place finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza for his second career F1 podium.

 

He also achieved his first pole position after prevailing in a wet qualifying session in the Turkish Grand Prix. He’d go on to lead the race for 32 laps before dropping back late on, before concluding his season with another podium by taking third in a Sakhir Grand Prix won by team-mate Sergio Perez.

Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP19

Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP19

Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

2019 - SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

15th - 21 points

 

Having been left unimpressed by Williams’ dip in competitiveness the previous season, Lawrence Stroll’s search for a new investment opportunity led to him stepping in to save the ailing Force India team from collapse mid-way through the 2018 season.

 

Rebranded Racing Point with Stroll installed as Chairman, Lance subsequently joined the Silverstone-based team for the 2019 F1 season.

 

Sizing up against experienced team-mate Sergio Perez, Stroll endured a low-key campaign, cracking the points on just six occasions, with qualifying proving a particular bugbear for the Canadian as he failed to make it out of Q1 for the first ten rounds of the season.

 

Even so, it was Stroll that delivered Racing Point’s best result of the season with his run to fourth place in a wet and wild German Grand Prix

Lance Stroll, Williams FW41

Lance Stroll, Williams FW41

Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

2018 - Williams Martini Racing

18th - 6 points

 

Staying with Williams for a second season, Stroll’s campaign was hampered by a car that was comfortably the slowest package on the 2018 F1 grid.

 

Breaking into the points on just two occasions in Baku and Monza - thanks mostly to the strength of the Mercedes V6 Hybrid power unit negating the FW41’s handling deficiencies - Stroll’s highlights were limited to out-scoring his rookie team-mate, Sergey Sirotkin.

 Lance Stroll, Williams FW40, is greeted by his mechanics at the finish

Lance Stroll, Williams FW40, is greeted by his mechanics at the finish

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

2017 - Williams Martini Racing

12th - 40 points

 

With only three seasons of open-wheel racing under his belt and still only 18-years old, Stroll’s F1 debut with Williams generated plenty of publicity ahead of his debut.

 

Taking over from another Williams protege-turned-driver in Valtteri Bottas, Stroll appeared to struggle with the pressure of his promotion initially, committing clumsy errors during pre-season testing and the opening rounds that called into question whether he wasn’t ready for F1.

 

With his difficulties magnified by a Williams package that wasn’t nearly as competitive as it had been in recent seasons, Stroll nonetheless steadied nerves by scoring his first F1 points on home soil in Canada before going on to steal the headlines next time out with a sensational run to the podium in a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

 

Dodging drama around him, Stroll ran as high as second into the final lap, only for Mercedes’ Bottas to out-drag him on the run to the finish line. Despite this, third place makes Stroll the second youngest driver to stand on the rostrum at 18 years and 239 days.

 

Growing in confidence as the season progressed, Stroll cracked the top ten on five more occasions and became the youngest driver to start an F1 race from the front row after shaking out second on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix.

 

He ended the year 12th in the overall standings, just three points shy of experienced team-mate Felipe Massa.

 

Lance Stroll F1 Racing Record

 

Year Team Finishing Position
2017 Williams Martini Racing 12th
2018 Williams Martini Racing 18th
2019 SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team 15th
2020 BWT Racing Point F1 Team 11th
2021 Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team 13th
2022 Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team 15th

 

Alonso helping Stroll as he'll "lead Aston for next 10 or 15 years"

Alonso helping Stroll as he'll "lead Aston for next 10 or 15 years"

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Alonso helping Stroll as he'll "lead Aston for next 10 or 15 years" Alonso helping Stroll as he'll "lead Aston for next 10 or 15 years"

Stroll “heartbroken" before red flag saved points finish

Stroll “heartbroken" before red flag saved points finish

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Australian GP

Stroll “heartbroken" before red flag saved points finish Stroll “heartbroken" before red flag saved points finish

Stroll's "whole world was crumbling in front of me" after bike crash

Stroll's "whole world was crumbling in front of me" after bike crash

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Stroll's "whole world was crumbling in front of me" after bike crash Stroll's "whole world was crumbling in front of me" after bike crash

Racing through injury: What Stroll can learn from past cases

Racing through injury: What Stroll can learn from past cases

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Bahrain GP

Racing through injury: What Stroll can learn from past cases Racing through injury: What Stroll can learn from past cases

Stroll was "protecting" injured wrist during Bahrain GP practice

Stroll was "protecting" injured wrist during Bahrain GP practice

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Bahrain GP

Stroll was "protecting" injured wrist during Bahrain GP practice Stroll was "protecting" injured wrist during Bahrain GP practice

Drugovich to make F1 debut for Aston if Stroll is unfit for Bahrain

Drugovich to make F1 debut for Aston if Stroll is unfit for Bahrain

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Bahrain February Testing

Drugovich to make F1 debut for Aston if Stroll is unfit for Bahrain Drugovich to make F1 debut for Aston if Stroll is unfit for Bahrain

Alonso to test for Aston Martin alone as F1 team awaits Stroll update

Alonso to test for Aston Martin alone as F1 team awaits Stroll update

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Alonso to test for Aston Martin alone as F1 team awaits Stroll update Alonso to test for Aston Martin alone as F1 team awaits Stroll update

Stroll gets Mexico three-place grid drop after Alonso F1 US GP crash

Stroll gets Mexico three-place grid drop after Alonso F1 US GP crash

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United States GP

Stroll gets Mexico three-place grid drop after Alonso F1 US GP crash Stroll gets Mexico three-place grid drop after Alonso F1 US GP crash

Vettel: Stroll braking at final corner of French GP “caught me by surprise”

Vettel: Stroll braking at final corner of French GP “caught me by surprise”

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French GP

Vettel: Stroll braking at final corner of French GP “caught me by surprise” Vettel: Stroll braking at final corner of French GP “caught me by surprise”

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