Lawrence Stroll is the billionaire owner of F1 Team Racing Point which is being rebranded as Aston Martin. He also owns a stake in the British car manufacturer. However, he is even more popular as the father of Canadian prodigy Lance Stroll, who drives for his team. Or rather for whom he bought the whole team.
Hence, fans and critics regularly dismiss the talent, if any, that his son poses. However, Lawrence believes that his son’s maiden pole at the Turkish GP is a testament to his natural racing abilities.
The qualifying season that day in Istanbul was a wet-weather affair. It made an already slippery track like driving on ice. While Mercedes and Red Bull were battling for the front of the grid, Lance Stroll emerged from nowhere.
Generally, such situations mess up the aerodynamic stability of a car and, nullify the engine performance to an extent. So, for him to beat other more established drivers in treacherous conditions, was impressive.
“Lance’s performance on track last year for a 21-year-old was extremely impressive – there was the pole in Turkey, when we all know in the wet it is more about the driver than the car, leading the race for 30 laps until part of the front wing broke,” said Lawrence.
“There were two podiums and some bad luck – a tire blew at Mugello – that would have been another podium. At 21, he did a stellar job, an incredible job. I wish him, like any father would wish any son, the best he could possibly do, as long as it makes him happy – that’s what counts.”
Lawrence is not a billionaire for just any reason. His decision to combine his two business ventures will significantly bolster the team. The famous James Bond car manufacturers will bring tremendous brand value and exposure for Lance. Also, he is setting up a brand-new factory with more tech-savvy equipment and more staff coming in.
“Last year we had a good car. This year we will have a different level of excitement and motivation because of Aston Martin. We’ve got more people, we have the new factory coming,” said Stroll.
So, he must be wishing for his son to ultimately achieve the goal of winning a World Championship with Aston Martin. What a father-son success story that will make!