Lance Stroll

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Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll 2017 Malaysia 3.jpg
Born (1998-10-29) 29 October 1998 (age 19)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Canada Canadian
2018 team Williams-Mercedes[1]
Car number 18
Entries 27 (27 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 44
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2017 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry 2018 Canadian Grand Prix
2017 position 12th (40 pts)
Previous series
201516
2015
2014
2014
F3 European Championship
Toyota Racing Series
Italian F4 Championship
Florida Winter Series
Championship titles
2016
2015
2014
F3 European Championship
Toyota Racing Series
Italian F4 Championship

Lance Stroll (born 29 October 1998) is a Canadian racing driver,[2] currently driving in Formula One with Williams. He was Italian F4 champion in 2014, Toyota Racing Series champion in 2015, and 2016 FIA European Formula 3 champion. He was part of the Ferrari Driver Academy from 2010 to 2015. He achieved his first podium finishing, a 3rd place, at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, becoming the second-youngest driver to finish an F1 race on the podium and the youngest to do so during his rookie season.

Personal life[edit]

Stroll is Jewish, and is the son of billionaire Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll, owner of the Circuit Mont-Tremblant, and Belgian fashion designer Claire-Anne Callens.[3][4][5]

Career[edit]

Like many race drivers, the Geneva-based Canadian began his motorsport career in karting at the age of 10.[6] He recorded numerous race and championship wins in his native Canada and North America and in 2008, his first year of karting, he won the Federation de Sport Automobile du Quebec rookie of the year award and driver of the year in 2009.[6][7]

Formula 3[edit]

Stroll competing in Formula Three, 2015

2015[edit]

At the beginning of 2015, Stroll won the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series, recording 10 podiums – including four wins – from 16 race starts. The same year he also contested the FIA Euro F3 Series with the Italian Prema team, winning one race outright and achieving 17 top-six overall race finishes in the 33-race series driving a Dallara F312 Mercedes. Stroll finished the season, during which he drove in 50 races, at the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

Stroll was part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and the second-youngest driver to be signed to a Formula One team. On 11 November 2015, it was announced that Stroll would leave Ferrari to serve as a test driver for Williams.

2016[edit]

Stroll remained with the Prema Powerteam, for a third consecutive year, to contest the Euro F3 Series for a second year. He began 2016 by finishing 5th in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in a Ford Chip Ganassi Racing entered Ford EcoBoost Prototype to become the youngest highest-placed overall finisher in the history of the event.

In the 2016 Euro F3 series, Stroll took 11 wins and claimed the title in the second race at Imola, over 100 points clear of his main rival Maximilian Günther.

Formula One[edit]

Stroll driving the Williams FW40 at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Williams (2017-2018)[edit]

On 3 November 2016, Williams Martini Racing announced that Stroll would drive for them in 2017. He became the first Canadian Formula One driver since the 1997 World Drivers' Champion Jacques Villeneuve, who coincidentally also started his Formula One career at Williams.[8] After three retirements, Stroll's first race finish came at the fourth round in Russia, where he finished in eleventh despite spinning on the first lap.[9] In the Spanish Grand Prix, Stroll finished sixteenth and last of all the drivers to finish the race. Two weeks later, Stroll retired after brake failure in Monaco, but was still classified 15th. Stroll scored his first points in his home Grand Prix in Montreal, finishing in 9th place.

Stroll got his first podium by finishing third in the eventful 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, becoming the youngest rookie driver to climb on a Formula 1 podium, at the age of 18 years and 239 days.[10] Furthermore, Stroll gained more positions on the opening lap than any of his rivals in this season.[11]

On 2 September 2017, Stroll registered the 4th fastest time during a wet qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix. Due to both Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen (respectively 3rd and 2nd) taking grid penalties, Stroll was promoted to the 2nd place on the starting grid, making him the youngest Formula One driver to start on the front row of a race at the age of 18 years and 310 days.[12] Stroll finished 7th in the race.

At the third to last race of the 2017 season, the Mexican Grand Prix, Stroll worked his way up to 6th in the race from 11th on the grid, promoted from 12th after Daniel Ricciardo (originally 7th) was demoted due to penalties, and finished in that position on his 19th birthday, placing him ahead of teammate Felipe Massa on points scored for the first time this season.[13]

2018 got off to a rough start, with multiple incidents and mistakes within the first few races. Despite an 8th place in Azerbaijan, Stroll has failed to score any other points throughout the season, including his home race in Canada when he got loose and crashed with Brendon Hartley.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2014 Florida Winter Series N/A 12 0 0 0 2 N/A
Italian F4 Championship Prema Powerteam 18 7 5 11 13 331 1st
2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Powerteam 32 1 0 0 6 231 5th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 16 4 0 1 10 906 1st
Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Development driver
2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Powerteam 30 14 14 13 20 507 1st
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Ford Chip Ganassi Racing 1 0 0 0 0 27 27th
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Development driver
2017 Formula One Williams Martini Racing 20 0 0 0 1 40 12th
2018 Formula One Williams Martini Racing 7 0 0 0 0 4* 16th*
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Jackie Chan DCR JOTA 1 0 0 0 0 20 42nd*

* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2015 Prema Powerteam Mercedes SIL
1

6
SIL
2

4
SIL
3

Ret
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

14
HOC
3

6
PAU
1

9
PAU
2

10
PAU
3

4
MNZ
1

11
MNZ
2

Ret
MNZ
3

DSQ
SPA
1

31
SPA
2

Ret
SPA
3

EX
NOR
1

8
NOR
2

4
NOR
3

26
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

Ret
ZAN
3

5
RBR
1

4
RBR
2

3
RBR
3

5
ALG
1

4
ALG
2

3
ALG
3

3
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

3
NÜR
3

2
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

6
HOC
3

Ret
5th 231
2016 Prema Powerteam Mercedes LEC
1

1
LEC
2

Ret
LEC
3

5
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

8
HUN
3

3
PAU
1

9
PAU
2

4
PAU
3

2
RBR
1

2
RBR
2

1
RBR
3

1
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

2
NOR
3

1
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2

Ret
ZAN
3

Ret
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

Ret
SPA
3

4
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
NÜR
3

2
IMO
1

2
IMO
2

1
IMO
3

1
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
HOC
3

1
1st 507

24 Hours of Daytona results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2016 United States Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Austria Alexander Wurz
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
Ford Riley DP P 725 5th 5th
2018 China Jackie Chan DCR Jota Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Spain Daniel Juncadella
Netherlands Robin Frijns
Oreca 07 P 777 15th 11th

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2017 Williams Martini Racing Williams FW40 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
CHN
Ret
BHR
Ret
RUS
11
ESP
16
MON
15
CAN
9
AZE
3
AUT
10
GBR
16
HUN
14
BEL
11
ITA
7
SIN
8
MAL
8
JPN
Ret
USA
11
MEX
6
BRA
16
ABU
18
12th 40
2018 Williams Martini Racing Williams FW41 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS
14
BHR
14
CHN
14
AZE
8
ESP
11
MON
17
CAN
Ret
FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN USA MEX BRA ABU 16th* 4*

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.
* Season still in progress.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Williams Martini Racing confirms 2017 Abu Dhabi test driver line-up". Williams Martini Racing. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017. Lance, as confirmed race driver for 2018 
  2. ^ "Halbes Heimrennen: Lance Stroll hat belgischen Reisepass". Motorsport-Total.com (in German). Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "F1: La maman de Lance Stroll est Belge!" [Lance Stroll's mother is Belgian!]. DH.be (in French). 8 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Jewish Canadian to compete in Melbourne’s Formula One. » J-Wire Archived 24 April 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Jewish driver set for F1 debut – The Australian Jewish News". jewishnews.net.au. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Lance Stroll - Williams Martini Racing F1 Driver". www.lancestroll.com. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Lance Stroll | Racing career profile | Driver Database". www.driverdb.com. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Williams Confirms Driver Line Up for the 2017 Season". Williams Martini Racing. 3 November 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Montrealer Lance Stroll finishes first career F1 race in Russia". 30 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Montrealer Stroll places third in Azerbaidjan Grand Prix". ctvnews.ca. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Williams expects 'really big step' from Stroll in 2018". espn.com. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "'I was just having fun' - rookie Stroll makes Monza front row". formula1.com. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Lance Stroll: "A great result and a great birthday present"". thecheckeredflag.co.uk. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural
Italian Formula 4
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Ralf Aron
Preceded by
Andrew Tang
Toyota Racing Series
Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Lando Norris
Preceded by
Nick Cassidy
New Zealand Grand Prix
Winner

2015
Succeeded by
Lando Norris
Preceded by
Felix Rosenqvist
FIA Formula 3 European
Champion

2016
Succeeded by
Lando Norris