Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll has often been ridiculed in the past by F1 fans for the fact that he enjoys a “paid seat” in the pinnacle of motorsport.
Son of Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll, Lance has struggled to make a positive impression in the sport.
Now, airline Ryanair has got into the action as it decided to troll Lance for the very same reason in a clever social media post.
Following Sebastian Vettel’s decision to retire from F1 at the end of the current season, there was some speculation as to who would replace him to partner up with Lance next season.
Aston Martin ensured that they didn’t allow the rumour mill to run for too long and announced that it had roped in two-time world champion Fernando Alonso from Alpine.
It was an easy option for Alonso to sign with Aston Martin given his position at Alpine.
With reserve driver Oscar Piastri waiting to make a full-time entry into F1, Alpine was not keen to offer Alonso a long-term contract as it wasn’t sure it would be able to loan Piastri to a suitable team in the interim.
There was too much confusion and lack of clarity with respect to Alonso’s future at the team and he was quick to pounce on the lucrative option of Aston Martin the moment Vettel decided to quit.
A report even claims that Vettel was forced into announcing his retirement by the Aston Martin management as talks had already begun with Alonso.
Alpine perhaps struggled the most in the aftermath of recent events, as Piastri is reportedly believed to be in touch with McLaren over Daniel Ricciardo’s seat at the team.
This could facilitate a return for Ricciardo to Alpine, as pointed out by one reputed news portal.
How did Ryanair get involved in the drama?
This has set off a bunch of theories and possible outcomes as far as F1 pundits and fans are concerned and Ryanair decided to enter the field of trolls.
The airline compared this ongoing drama to their own policy of random allocation of seats on its plane.
A Twitter user replied to their post asking, “But can you pay to choose your seat?”
The Ryanair admin was quick in response.
“Just like Lance Stroll,” the admin replied.
Lance had initially entered the sport with Williams in 2017 which was largely believed to be a paid sear.
Then, in 2019, he was purchased by Racing Point (now Aston Martin) after Lawrence Stroll purchased the team in 2018.
It may be unfair to call Lance a pay driver now as he does have some credentials in the sport.
The 23-year-old has previously won the Formula 3 European Championship in 2016 and has also managed three podium finishes in F1.