Lance Stroll made his debut in 2017 for the Williams Formula 1 team. Initially, he was supposed to replace a retiring Felipe Massa. However, when Nico Rosberg announced his shock retirement, Valtteri Bottas was drafted in. As a result, Massa had to come back out of retirement and race again.
In 2017, Massa retired from F1 for good and Sergey Sirotkin took his place. Stroll had to act as the de facto team leader for his rookie teammate. It didn’t help matters that the Williams was a shadow of its former self. To make matters worse, many labeled him as a pay driver.
2019 saw the Canadian join the ranks of the Racing Point team alongside Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez. The pay driver claims only intensified when his billionaire father bought the team from the brink of dissolution.
Prior to F1, he was racing in Formula 3 in 2015, losing to champion Felix Rosenqvist and fellow F1 drivers Antonio Giovinazzi and Charles Leclerc. He finished 5th in the championship, racking up five podiums and a win. A year later, he went on to win the Formula 3 title, on the back of 14 wins and six podiums. He defeated Maximilian Gunther and George Russell to the title.
In his debut year in Formula One, he had a bad run initially with three retirements and three non-points finishes. Things changed in his home race in Canada with a maiden point-scoring finish of ninth. Then he stunned everyone and silenced many critics by landing on the podium in Baku, Azerbaijan. He finished the season in 12th after five more point-scoring finishes.
Sadly, 2018 was a terrible year for Williams and the Canadian. He could only muster two point-scoring finishes in Azerbaijan and Italy. Stroll ended the season in 18th. For the 2019 F1 season, Stroll joined the newly rebranded Racing Point F1 team.
Stroll’s debut season with Racing Point didn’t produce any noticeable results. The Canadian struggled to keep up with seasoned teammate Sergio Perez and eventually finished the year a disappointing 15th in the Drivers’ Championship- scoring a mere 21 points.
Despite a less than stellar start to his racing ventures with the Silverstone outfit, Stroll took full advantage of the team’s 2020 car to show his true potential.
With the RP20 bearing a strong resemblance to the 2019 Championship winning Mercedes, Stroll has delivered commendable performaces in the first half of the 2020 season.
The young Canadian sits 5th in the Drivers’ Standings after 6 rounds of the 2020 Championship.
Stroll’s F1 plans beyond the 2020 season remain unknown at the moment but there’s a strong chance of the Canadian staying with the team. Considering his father Lawrence Stroll is a part-owner of the soon to be Aston Martin F1 team, Stroll Jr’s chances of an exit are slim.
Lance Stroll is sponsored by the likes of Bombardier, and his father has ownership of Racing Point.