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“Kick His A*s”: After Disastrous Monaco GP Display, Lance Stroll Ripped to Pieces With Ruthless Advice by F1 Veteran

Published 05/31/2023, 7:30 AM EDT

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Red Bull has a system in place where if a driver does not perform with the primary team, then he’s demoted to the sister team, Alpha Tauri. And even then, if he doesn’t, then he’ll probably get replaced by some new hotshot. Even if Aston Martin wants to replace Lance Stroll, it won’t be easy as his father owns the company. Nevertheless, an F1 veteran recently slammed Lance Stroll into the ground after a disastrous performance at the Monaco GP. What did the veteran say?

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Aston Martin has built a rocket ship of an AMR23 this season, which is arguably the second-fastest car on the grid. However, Mercedes, well behind the green team in terms of performance, is only 1 point away from them in the Constructors Championship. Why is it so? Well, whilst Fernando Alonso has been bagging podium after podium, Lance Stroll is there toward the end of Top 10 or outside it. 


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Lance Stroll is having a terrible 2023 season, scoring only 27 points compared to Alonso’s 93. Whilst nobody believed Stroll to be faster than the Spaniard, they at least expected him to be competitive. The Canadian driver’s Monaco GP performance was terrible, to say the least. Getting out in Q2 just because he didn’t have the pace with the car is not an excuse. And to top it all off, the struggles in the race finally led him to bin the car into the wall. 

Juan Pablo Montoya, during an episode of the Sky Sports F1 podcast, suggested that Lance Stroll is a great and underrated driver but needs someone to slap him on the wrist when he makes mistakes. According to a clip from the podcast uploaded by @formuladirecta, Juan Pablo Montoya said, “Lance is a lot better than people think he is. And I think he’s very underrated. I think he is a really nice guy and is very quiet. But I think he needs somebody on his corner to kick his a*s and go ‘Really buddy, you lost 2 tenths here because of what?’”

Nevertheless, if there is one man who can help Lance Stroll, it is his teammate. Fernando Alonso has been in the sport for about 2 decades and knows everything there is to know about it. The Spaniard explained some weeks ago how he wants to help Stroll. 

Fernando Alonso on Lance Stroll leading the team for the upcoming years


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Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll have been showing extreme levels of understanding with each other. It was evident during the Azerbaijan GP where Stroll refused to attack Alonso and the 41-year-old suggested his brake balance for Lance. Fernando Alonso explained how he and Stroll communicate very well and share feedback with each other. He talked about how he wants to help Stroll so that he can lead the team in the future. 

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According to, Fernando Alonso said, “We talk a lot during the weekend, already from Thursday–what we both felt here in the past, in traffic what we will do, what will be the plan for each of the cars. If we feel something in the car during the race that we didn’t speak about and there’s something new that can help the other car, normally we communicate to the team. Yeah, it has been like this. I know that I will be in the sport for a few more years but not many, and he will lead the team for the next 10 or 15 years, so I hope I can help Lance in the next few years.”

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What do you think about Pablo Montoya’s comments? Is Lance Stroll really that good and just needs someone a little strict around him?



Pranay Bhagi

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Pranay Bhagi is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports, who has always been passionate about sports and writing. With a degree from a prestigious institute, he has channeled his enthusiasm into sports journalism, particularly F1, a sport that has captivated him for over a decade. Pranay's deep-rooted love for the sport began during the Sebastian Vettel era, and he has been following it religiously ever since.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare