Lance Stroll made his Formula One debut in 2017 with the Williams team. Originally, he was scheduled to take the place of Felipe Massa, who was retiring.
Valtteri Bottas was drafted in when Nico Rosberg announced his surprise retirement. As a result, Massa was forced to come out of retirement and compete once more.
In 2017, Massa announced his retirement from Formula One, and Sergey Sirotkin took his position. For his rookie teammate, Stroll had to function as the de facto team captain.
The fact that the Williams was a shell of its former glory didn’t help matters. To make matters worse, he was dubbed a “paid driver” by many.
Prior to F1, he competed in Formula 3 in 2015, losing against Felix Rosenqvist, Antonio Giovinazzi, and Charles Leclerc, all of whom are now F1 drivers. Lance Stroll finished fifth in the championship, with five podiums and a win to his credit.
He went on to win the Formula 3 championship a year later, with 14 victories and six podiums. Stroll won the title after defeating Maximilian Gunther and George Russell.
He made a terrible start to his Formula One career, with three retirements and three non-points finishes. With a first-ever point-scoring result of eighth in his home race in Canada, things began to change.
Then, in Baku, Azerbaijan, he astonished everyone and silenced many naysayers by landing on the platform. After five more point-scoring finishes, he concluded the season in 12th place.
Sadly, Williams and the Canadian had a bad year in 2018. In Azerbaijan and Italy, he only managed two point-scoring finishes. Stroll came in 18th place at the end of the season.
Stroll joined the newly rebranded Racing Point F1 team for the 2019 Formula One season.
Stroll’s first season with Racing Point wasn’t particularly successful. The Canadian struggled to keep up with his more experienced colleague Sergio Perez and finished the year in 15th place in the Drivers’ Championship, with only 21 points.
Despite a shaky start to his racing career with the Silverstone team, Stroll made the most of the team’s 2020 car to demonstrate his actual capabilities.
Stroll has achieved commendable performances in the 2020 season, with the RP20 bearing a striking resemblance to the 2019 Championship-winning Mercedes.
In the 2020 Championship, the young Canadian finished 11th in the Drivers’ Standings.
In 2021, Stroll will join Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin F1 team.
Early life and career of Lance Stroll
The Geneva-based Canadian began his motorsport career in karting at the age of ten, like many other race drivers. In his home Canada and North America, he won multiple races and championships. Stroll was inducted into the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2010.
The 2014 Florida Winter Series, a non-championship series run by the Ferrari Driver Academy, was Stroll’s first car racing experience.
At Homestead–Miami Speedway, he competed against future Formula One contenders Nicholas Latifi and Max Verstappen, earning two podium finishes and pole position.
Stroll won the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand at the start of 2015, with 10 podiums – including four wins – in 16 races. In the same year, he raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship for Prema Powerteam, a team in which his father had invested.
Stroll began 2016 by finishing 5th in a Ford EcoBoost Prototype for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing at the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona.
He competed in his second season of the Formula 3 European Championship with Prema Powerteam for the third year in a row. He won the first race at Circuit Paul Ricard before going on to win thirteen more races over the season, including five in a row in the last five.
For the 2017 Formula One season, Stroll was a member of the Williams team. He became the first Canadian Formula One driver since Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 World Drivers’ Champion.
Stroll stayed with Williams for the 2018 season, this time alongside Russian Sergey Sirotkin. Stroll’s season got off to a rocky start, with a series of mishaps and errors in the first three races.
For the 2019 season, Stroll will drive alongside Sergio Pérez for the newly renamed Racing Point team, replacing Esteban Ocon. Stroll earned his first points for his new team after placing 9th in the opening race in Australia.
Racing Point has decided to keep Stroll and Pérez for the 2020 season. Stroll competed under an American license but was nonetheless identified as a Canadian on every official acknowledgement during race weekends as a result of Canada’s national sporting authority withdrawing its mandate from the FIA.
He qualified eighth for the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, but due to engine troubles, he was forced to retire from the race.
Following his first points finish of the season at the Styrian Grand Prix, Stroll finished fourth in the Hungarian Grand Prix after qualifying third, and he earned his second podium in Formula One at the Italian Grand Prix, matching his previous best finish of third.
In 2021, Stroll continued to drive for the Racing Point team, now known as Aston Martin. Instead of Pérez, he was paired with Sebastian Vettel.
He finished tenth in the opening race of the season after qualifying in the same spot. In Russia, Stroll clashed with other drivers twice, once with Vettel and once with Pierre Gasly.
Lance Stroll Age, Height and Family
Stroll is the son of millionaire Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll (part-owner of the Aston Martin Formula One team) and Belgian fashion designer Claire-Anne Callens. He has an elder sister named Chloe.
From his father’s side, he is of Russian Jewish ancestry. Stroll competes under the Canadian flag and is a dual citizen of Canada and Belgium.
Lance Stroll is 22 years old. Lance Stroll’s height and weight are approximately 5′ 10″ and 76 kg, respectively.
How much is Lance Stroll worth in 2021?
Lance Stroll earns $3 million per year and has a net worth of $50 million.
The Canadian joined the Racing Point squad in 2019 alongside Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez. When his millionaire father bought the team from the verge of bankruptcy, the pay driver accusations became even louder.
Lance Stroll is sponsored by companies like Bombardier, and his father owns Racing Point.