Stroll Makes a Bold Claim About his Son Lance’s Level to Aston Martin F1 Teammate Vettel

Published 07/14/2021, 4:39 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, after a couple of arduous years with Ferrari, left for Aston Martin this season. The German has lined up with the 22- years old Lance Stroll.

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And even though his transfer to the Silverstone-based team was led by some difficult racing at the start of the season, he was quick to make a comeback and secured his first podium in only his sixth race with his new team.

Vettel currently sits at P10 in the driver’s championship, 16 points ahead of his teammate Lance Stroll. Despite this, Aston Martin’s executive chairman, Lawrence Stroll, believes his son, Lance Stroll, is on par with the four-time world champion.

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Stroll on level terms with Sebastian Vettel: Lawrence Stroll

As quoted by BBC Sport, Lawerence Stroll has no concerns regarding Lance’s lack of performance. Moreover, Aston Martin’s executive chairman believes Stroll Jr and Vettel are competing on the same level.

“I think Lance has done an extraordinary job. He is 22 years of age. His performances, whether [being] on pole or several podiums. He is competing this year with Sebastian. They are probably about even.” said Lawrence Stroll.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

“So I don’t have any concerns or feelings that Lance has lack of performance. As he grows, he will get more experience, and as he gets more experience, he will get stronger.”

Can Aston Martin win championships soon?

Lawerence Stroll, who has a 16.7% stake in Aston Martin, knows that the Silverstone-based team have to wait for quite some time before they can compete for titles.

“I don’t think we can expect to win before four or five years,” said Lawrence Stroll.

“Of course we all know that success in F1 or any other business doesn’t come overnight. It takes years to put the right people, tools, processes in place.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna.

“But we’re building and investing in our team with the ambition of moving up the grid year by year and our ultimate ambition is to win world championships,” added Stroll.

Aston Martin, in their previous guise of Racing Point, finished fourth in the constructors’ championship last season. However, this year, the Silverstone-based team are struggling in P6 with 44 points.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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