“A Lot of Displeasure” in Aston Martin Over Lawrence Stroll’s Mercedes F1 Push

Published 05/09/2021, 9:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Aston Martin were one of the standout performers in 2020 as Racing Point under their owner, Lawrence Stroll. With a race win and 2 podium finishes, they narrowly missed out on finishing 3rd in the constructor’s championship last year.

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This season, however, has been a different story. Languishing in 7th with just 5 points, Aston Martin are nowhere close to their competitiveness of last season. While the team has drawn inspiration from Mercedes, they are hurting this season due to the rule changes that are in effect. And while Stroll has seen success, his team thought differently in terms of Stroll’s strategy.

Colin Kolles: Lawrence Stroll has changed the team’s philosophy

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By using a lot of Mercedes’ design elements, some may see Stroll as taking the easiest way to achieve success. One such individual is Colin Kolles, former team principal of Force India, which is now the Aston Martin team. Kolles believes Stroll has changed the team’s philosophy and stunted engineers from developing the car in the best way possible.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Kolles said“In the past, the engineers were allowed to develop themselves there. They had little budget, they were very young and efficient, very motivated and in some cases also very innovative. Since Stroll has been in charge, things have changed. And I mean everything.”

This isn’t the first time that Kolles has spoken against Stroll, with the Romanian also lamenting the team’s decision to bring Sebastian Vettel in.

Stroll’s mentality: ‘My way or no way’

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Kolles further went on about Stroll, saying that Stroll impressed his will and ways on the engineers. He also pointed out that the engineers have their hands tied now since nothing can be drastically changed.

SOCHI, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 29: Owner of Racing Point Lawrence Stroll and Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point talk in the Paddock before the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 29, 2019, in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

He said, ” It is my way or no way – that’s Stroll’s mentality. The engineers can’t do anything with a car they didn’t want at all. There is a lot of displeasure in that team now.”

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With neither Aston Martin getting into Q3 in the ongoing Spanish Grand Prix, both Vettel and Lance Stroll seem set to have a tough day in the office on Sunday. Can the green team pull a rabbit out of the hat?

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