Driver Profile: Lance Stroll

NameLance Strulovitch
Date of Birth29 October 1998
Place of BirthMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Car Number18
First Entry2017 Australian Grand Prix

Biography of F1 driver Lance Stroll

The start of Lance Stroll’s career dates back to when the Canadian began competing in karting at the age of 10. After winning numerous honours in Canada and North America, we became a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2010.

His debut in car racing came in the 2014 Florida Winter Series, a non-championship series setup by the Ferrari Driver Academy, while his competitive debut came with Prema Powerteam in the 2014 Italian F4 Championship. Stroll took the series thanks to seven wins and 13 podiums.

Move to Formula 3

After winning the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing series early in 2015, Stroll took part in the Formula 3 European Championship with Prema, finishing fifth overall thanks to six podium finishes.

Before the end of the year, Stroll left the Ferrari Driver Academy and served as test driver for Williams. He later competed in a second Formula 3 European Championship season, winning 14 races, including the final five races, to take the title ahead of Maximilian Gunther.

Williams give Stroll his F1 debut

Stroll partnered Felipe Massa at Williams for the 2017 F1 season, becoming the first Canadian on the rid since 1997 World Drivers’ Champion Jacques Villeneuve.

His debut campaign proved to be a difficult one, with Stroll crashing in practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. His first points finish came at his home race in Canada, where he crossed the line in ninth.

Stroll claimed a surprise podium finish at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, crossing the line third after Valtteri Bottas passed him metres from the end of the race. The result made him the youngest rookie and second-youngest driver to finish on an F1 podium.

Another impressive showing came at the Italian Grand Prix, as Stroll qualified fourth in wet conditions. He was later promoted to second after Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were handed grid penalties, making him the youngster driver to start on the front row. He finished the race seventh, and ended the year 12th with 40 points.

Stroll remained with Williams in 2018, however the F!41 proved to be the slowest car on the grid. The Canadian managed to finish in the points just twice all year, scoring six of Williams’ seven points, as the team ended the year last in the Constructors’ Championship.

Stroll lands with Racing Point

Stroll landed with the newly renamed Racing Point for the 2019 season, driving alongside Sergio Perez after the team was bought by a group of investors led by father Lawrence.

After scoring points at two of the opening four races, including the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Stroll managed just four more points finishes at the remaining 17 races.

The highlight of Stroll’s season came at the German Grand Prix, as a late switch to slick tyres on a drying track saw him ride as high as second, though he later settled for fourth. He ended his first season at Racing Point with 21 points, well short of Perez’s 52.

Stroll started the 2020 F1 season with a retirement, however he then rattled off seven straight points finishes, including an impressive third place finish at Monza. A string of retirements then followed, with Stroll missing the Eifel Grand Prix due to illness, which the team said was not COVID-19. However, shortly after the event, the Canadian tested positive.

A first career pole position came at the Turkish Grand Prix in what was a wet session. While the Canadian led 32 of the 58 laps, severe tyre graining saw him fall all the way down to ninth by the end of the race. He ended the year 11th in the standings with 75 of Racing Point’s 210 points.

Stroll continues with Aston Martin

Racing Point were rebranded as Aston Martin for the 2021 F1 season, with Stroll now partnered by Sebastian Vettel.

Stroll failed to hit the heights of the previous year despite starting the year with back-to-back points finish. A high-speed crash due to a tyre failure ended his race in Azerbaijan, while Stroll was handed a five-place grid penalty for causing a first lap incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

In the end, Stroll’s best finish, sixth, came at the Qatar Grand Prix, with the Canadian ending the year 13th with 34 points.