Lance Stroll Reveals How Transitioning From a ‘Bad to Good Car’ Helped Him in F1

Published 01/10/2021, 12:40 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Racing Point’s Lance Stroll celebrates after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason


Racing Point made a giant leap in 2020 with the performance of their car by copying Mercedes‘ 2019 title-winning W10. That helped their drivers, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll, have the best seasons of their F1 careers. And to some extent, showcase their own driving abilities.

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Lance’s season, which brought him his maiden pole at Turkey, had a couple of podiums. He had to wait to go back to the post-race ceremony after grabbing his first at Baku in 2017.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 6, 2020 Racing Point’s Sergio Perez sprays sparkling wine as he celebrates winning the race on the podium with third placed Lance Stroll Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Lance Stroll happy to get over his past frustrations

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While he burst onto the scene in his rookie season, 2018 and 2019 were frustrating for him because of an uncompetitive car that made him question his own racing abilities.

“If you get a good car, you get good results, and then you just build confidence from there. Sometimes when I was in a bad car if anything, it kind of backfired on me,” said Stroll.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Lance Stroll crashes out of the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

“Especially at the beginning of your career, when you’re in a bad car and you don’t know what it’s like to be in a good car until you sit in one, you kind of start to question what your ability is like, and if it is as good as the others that are in good cars because you just don’t know what a good car feels like.”

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But the Canadian is at peace now after the RP20 proved its quickness over the course of the 2020 campaign. That allowed Lance to drive it to the limit and get the best out of himself as well.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Racing Point’s Lance Stroll celebrates after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason

“That’s one of the biggest advantages of being in a good car is what you can get out of yourself. It gives you so much more confidence driving the car. It allows you to attack the corners much harder and just push the car much harder.”

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For a 21-year-old, he had a decent season. But how far can he go? Can he become a World Champion and compete with the likes of Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen?

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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