Stroll Takes a Veiled Dig at McLaren as Aston Martin Lay Groundwork for Brand New F1 Factory

Published 09/14/2021, 7:21 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 19: Owner of Racing Point Lawrence Stroll looks on from the garage during day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 19, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


One of the most iconic things about McLaren is their world-class headquarters based in Woking. It is truly a remarkable work of architecture. However, not all agree with it and one such person is Aston Martin’s boss, Lawerence Stroll.

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The Canadian businessman has plans of his own to build a world-class facility for his Formula One team. Taking a dig at his rivals, he said that it’s more about the winning mentality rather than having a state-of-the-art factory.

Stroll fires a shot at McLaren’s iconic factory based in Woking

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It is no secret that McLaren and Aston Martin are rivals on the grid. However, at times, this battle also reflects in their actions away from the racetrack.

The Woking-based outfit has an amazing infrastructure that was built by Ron Dennis and Norman Foster. Stroll Sr has something similar in mind, but he feels his team will be more successful in the coming years in the championship battle.

Speaking to Andrew Benson from the BBC, Stroll said, “This is the reverse of what Ron Denis did with Norman Foster.

“This is a business, this is a factory, a campus, fit for purpose to match the DNA and culture of ourselves. The purpose of what it’s been built for, to be efficient and streamlined. To have everyone sitting side by side under one roof, taking into consideration the new financial regs and where sport will go in the future.

SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 16: Lawrence Stroll, father of Lance Stroll of Canada and Williams walks in the Paddock before final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 16, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“It truly represents our image, culture and DNA,” Lawrence concluded.

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How are McLaren and Aston Martin doing on the racetrack?

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In terms of the levels of performance on the track, there is a huge gap between where they are and where they want to be. The Silverstone-based team are struggling to make an impact and finds themselves in seventh place in the constructors’ standings with just 59 points.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Meanwhile, the papaya team has been making a name for themselves during a Grand Prix weekend. As it currently stands, the team finds itself in third place in the standings with 215 points. And, after achieving a one-two finish courtesy of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the Italian Grand Prix, they are optimistic for the season ahead.

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What are your predictions for the two teams as the 2021 season progress? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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