Former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve has lashed out at Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll, saying that it takes more than just financial prowess to succeed in F1.
Aston Martin is currently the only team that is yet to record any points this season after 3 races, with the Australian Grand Prix only adding to its woes.
It was especially bad for Lance Stroll, who couldn’t help but crash into Nicholas Latifi during qualifying. This sent him to the back of the grid ahead of the race.
He then received another penalty during the race for illegal weaving to compound matters.
Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, had a forgettable outing himself.
Villeneuve was left far from pleased with what he was seeing.
“Running a team takes more than just money, Lawrence Stroll is now finding out at Aston Martin,” Villenueve told Formule1.nl.
“It is not a clothing label or a watch brand, because it is much more complicated. Especially if you’re running a team for your son, finding solutions become all the more complicated.
“Looking at this weekend you saw that Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll kept getting into trouble.
“Stroll’s incident with Latifi in qualifying was just embarrassing.
“He even blamed the track for the crash, which was perhaps the strangest explanation for a crash ever.”
Villeneuve lashes out at Stroll’s management style
Villeneuve was critical of Stroll’s management style when it comes to F1.
“The question is, what is big boss Lawrence Stroll doing?” he said.
“If he treats his drivers the way he does business, those are not nice conversations.
“The atmosphere in the factory must also be to die for, you will not currently be welcomed there with a smile.
“In the long run it is not an easy situation to solve, they have built a car comparable to a Williams or a Haas.
“Only they managed to do it with a smaller budget.”