Has Lance Stroll’s F1 career stalled?

Lance Stroll had a breakthrough season in Formula One in the 2020 campaign, earning two podium finishes and his first pole position in a truncated campaign.

The Canadian was a model of consistency for BWT Racing Point over the course of the season, but several issues with his car forced multiple retirements and knocked him out of the top 10 in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

Stroll proved that he was a capable driver when in the right vehicle, prompting a move to Aston Martin for the 2021 season.

Stunted development

However, the move has not brought out the best in the 23-year-old yet, failing to record a single podium in his two years with the team.

As of next season, Stroll will have his third team-mate in as many years following the retirement of Sebastian Vettel as another F1 legend has been drafted into the side to replace the German. Fernando Alonso will take the wheel in the number-two seat alongside Stroll for the 2023 campaign.

With all the knowledge that he has gained from Vettel, having another former world champion in the form of Alonso should benefit the 23-year-old as he looks to regain his composure behind the wheel.

When Stroll burst onto the scene in the 2017 campaign for Williams there was optimism that he could restore the reputation of Canadian drivers on the scene to the days of the great Jacques Villeneuve Jr and Gilles Villeneuve.

It would bring back a level of the excitement of F1 betting Canada for residents across the country to have a driver capable of matching the best in the sport and be a top contender in the odds for the Drivers’ Championship.

At the moment, Stroll can’t think about competing with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc for the Drivers’ Championship, but in Formula One fortunes can change overnight and this has to be the goal for Stroll as he seeks to regain his footing in the sport.

Can Stroll solve his issues?

Lance Stroll. Credit: thesportsrush.com

Since finishing third in the Sakhir Grand Prix in the penultimate race of the 2020 campaign, his best performance has been a sixth-place finish in the Qatar Grand Prix last season.

He did suffer from three retirements in the 2021 campaign that restricted his ability to match his 11th-place finish, although only one was down to an error by the team.

In the 2022 season, Aston Martin have ensured that the Canadian has had a clean run and no notable mechanical issues with the car, with the only blemish being an oscillation issue at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that forced him to retire.

Stroll had completed 90% of the race by that point so was still able to be classed as a finisher albeit in 16th place.

Speed has been the true problem behind Aston Martin and Stroll’s inability to compete.

It would be unreasonable to believe that Aston Martin could challenge Red Bull, Mercedes or Ferrari at the top of the standings. But, they should have at least been able to put forward a better effort to finish higher than AlphaTauri, Haas and Alfa Romeo.

It has not been good enough this season from the British outfit and work is required to make them a competitive unit in the 2023 season.

Stroll is not blameless and has had his problems behind the wheel, although he has shown glimpses of his potential.

Both team and driver need a concerted effort to return the Canadian to his form of the 2020 season when it appeared that he was on the path to the top.

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