REVEALED: Why Belgian GP is a ‘Home Race of Sorts’ for Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll

Published 08/25/2021, 10:17 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


The upcoming Belgian GP has a lot of drivers excited for various reasons. Aside from reopening the season, the challenging Spa-Francorchamps will surely result in an interesting race. Canadia-Belgian driver, Lance Stroll, states the reason behind his excitement.

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Lance Stroll shared the pleasant feeling of being well-rested and making a return to the sport. He said, “Spa is always a home race of sorts for me because of my Belgian heritage. It is one of my favorite Grand Prix of the year. Anything can happen in Spa!”

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – Racing Point’s Lance Stroll during practice Lars Baron/Pool via REUTERS

Stroll has always considered Spa to be one of his home races. He is hopeful about going to Spa, saying, “It has been nice to have a break and come back with maximum focus and determination for the second half of the year.”

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Lance Stroll’s Belgian GP

Lance Stroll may have fallen in love with the circuit, having held it in such high regard for a long time. Last year, he complimented the circuit, saying,  A Formula 1 car really comes to life at Spa… You really get to feel the sensation of pushing a car to its limit and understanding what it can do at these kinds of circuits.”

Nonetheless, he also feels a connection to the country. Stroll’s mother, Claire-Ann, is from Belgium. He once said, there’s some Belgian blood in me. It’s always great to ‘go back’ to Belgium… Spa is always a highlight of the season for me and I can’t wait to get out there.”

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Lance would want to impress at his “home circuit”; however, he has a five-place grid penalty awaiting him at the circuit. After braking wrong in the first turn at the Hungaroring, Stroll collided with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari.

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Because of the incident, Stroll got two penalty points added to his super license, making it a total of 6 over the last 12 months.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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