Lawrence Stroll’s $300 Million Investment Pays Off As F1 Driver Son Gives Honest Review

Published 01/24/2023, 6:30 AM EST
SOCHI, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 30: Lawrence Stroll looks on, on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 30, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

When Lawrence Stroll took over Force India back in 2018, things weren’t arguably great back at their Silverstone base. The team went through a change in administration and came back with a new name. This time they had strong hopes. As the time for the 2023 F1 season inches closer, Aston Martin gets ready to appear on the grid under the British automotive giant’s name for the third successive year. And as things stand, Lawrence Stroll’s $300 million investment in the team has seemed to be paid off, as Lance Stroll reveals the positive side of the story.

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The current Aston Martin driver recently talked to the media about the positives of their Silverstone base in the United Kingdom. The Canadian driver is hopeful of a better challenger in the name of AMR23 this year, as he believes the team has developed a lot over the years, thanks to the massive investment arranged by his billionaire father. As per RaceFans, Stroll Sr. arranged for a $300 million (£250 million) investment through bond issue payment in 2021 for their factory extension at Dadford Road in Silverstone.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 19, 2022 Aston Martin Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll shakes hands with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

Talking to Motorsport Total, Stroll Jr. said, “The team has developed a lot. That applies to the basis, the working method, and also the development of the car.” Speaking about the past years, he further added, “A few years ago, the situation would have been much more difficult to dig out of this hole.”

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“We certainly wouldn’t have managed that a few years ago and that shows that we’ve made great progress.”

“It affects the whole approach of the team because we’re much closer together than we used to be,” concluded the former Racing Point driver.

Aston Martin engineer assures of improved 2023 challenger

After back-to-back underwhelming seasons, Aston Martin is all set for the 2023 season with their upcoming challenger, the AMR23. After learning from the drawbacks of AMR22, the team’s Deputy Technical Director Eric Blandin assured of a much-improved challenger as they gear up to jump the F1 ladder.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 10, 2022 Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll during practice REUTERS/Murad Sezer

As per Aston Martin’s official website, Blandin revealed, “We’ve implemented a few clever innovations on the new car – they’re the icing on the cake. They’re a nice-to-have, but not a must-have… It’s great when you find a small loophole and can use it to your advantage, but it’s not often you can base an entire car around it.”

The director further stated, “Instead, it’s essential to get the basics right, and then you can add things… We took all our learnings from last year’s car and applied them to this year’s car. So much of the AMR23 is new, it’s completely different from the AMR22.”

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The Silverstone-based team has replaced retirement-bound Sebastian Vettel with Fernando Alonso. With him and with Lance Stroll in their ranks, the team could well again be a serious mid-table contender, if the AMR23 starts firing exactly the way Lawrence Stroll, Lance Stroll, Eric Blandin, and the company want.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 and NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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