Lance Stroll 

Lance Stroll (born 29 October 1998) is a Canadian racing driver,[2] currently driving in Formula One with Williams. He was Italian F4 champion in 2014, Toyota Racing Series champion in 2015, and 2016 FIA European Formula 3 champion. He was part of the Ferrari Driver Academy from 2010 to 2015. He achieved his first podium finishing, a 3rd place, at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, becoming the second-youngest driver to finish an F1 race on the podium and the youngest to do so during his rookie season. Stroll is Jewish and is the son of billionaire Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll, owner of the Circuit Mont-Tremblant, and Belgian fashion designer Claire-Anne Callens.

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Like many race drivers, the Geneva-based Canadian began his motorsport career in karting at the age of 10.[6] He recorded numerous race and championship win in his native Canada and North America and in 2008, his first year of karting, he won the Federation de Sports Automobile du Quebec rookie of the year award and driver of the year in 2009.[6][7]

Formula 3

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Stroll competing in Formula Three, 2015


At the beginning of 2015, Stroll won the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series, recording 10 podiums – including four wins – from 16 race starts. The same year he also contested the FIA Euro F3 Series with the Italian Prema team, winning one race outright and achieving 17 top-six overall race finishes in the 33-race series driving a Dallara F312 Mercedes. Stroll finished the season, during which he drove in 50 races, at the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

Stroll was part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and the second-youngest driver to be signed to a Formula One team. On 11 November 2015, it was announced that Stroll would leave Ferrari to serve as a test driver for Williams.


Stroll remained with the Prema Powerteam, for a third consecutive year, to contest the Euro F3 Series for the second year. He began 2016 by finishing 5th in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in a Ford Chip Ganassi Racing entered Ford EcoBoost Prototype to become the youngest highest-placed overall finisher in the history of the event.

In the 2016 Euro F3 series, Stroll took 11 wins and claimed the title in the second race at Imola, over 100 points clear of his main rival Maximilian Günther.

Formula One

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Stroll driving the Williams FW40 at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Williams (2017)

On 3 November 2016, Williams Martini Racing announced that Stroll would drive for them in 2017. He became the first Canadian Formula One driver since the 1997 World Drivers’ Champion Jacques Villeneuve, who coincidentally also started his Formula One career at Williams.[8] After three retirements, Stroll’s first race finish came at the fourth round in Russia, where he finished in eleventh despite spinning on the first lap.[9]. In the Spanish Grand Prix, Stroll finished sixteenth and last of all the drivers to finish the race. Two weeks later, Stroll retired after brake failure in Monaco but was still classified 15th. Stroll scored his first points in his home Grand Prix in Montreal, finishing in 9th place.

Stroll got his first podium by finishing third in the eventful 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, becoming the youngest rookie driver to climb on a Formula 1 podium, at the age of 18 years and 239 days.[10] Furthermore, Stroll gained more positions on the opening lap than any of his rivals in this season. [11]

On 2 September 2017, Stroll registered the 4th fastest time during a wet qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix. Due to both Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen (respectively 3rd and 2nd) taking grid penalties, Stroll was promoted to the 2nd place on the starting grid, making him the youngest Formula One driver to start on the front row of a race at the age of 18 years and 310 days.[12] Stroll finished 7th in the race.

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At the third last race of the 2017 season, the Mexican Grand Prix, Stroll worked his way up to 6th in the race from 11th on the grid, promoted from 12th after Daniel Ricciardo (originally 7th) was demoted due to penalties, and finished in that position on his 19th birthday, placing him ahead of teammate Felipe Massa on points scored for the first time this season.[13]

Racing record

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2014 Florida Winter Series N/A 12 0 0 0 2 N/A
Italian F4 Championship Prema Powerteam 18 7 5 11 13 331 1st
2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Powerteam 32 1 0 0 6 231 5th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 16 4 0 1 10 906 1st
Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Development driver
2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Powerteam 30 14 14 13 20 507 1st
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Ford Chip Ganassi Racing 1 0 0 0 0 27 27th
Formula One Williams Martini Racing Development driver
2017 Formula One Williams Martini Racing 20 0 0 0 1 40 12th
2018 Formula One Williams Martini Racing 0 0 0 0 0 0 ̶
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Jackie Chan DCR JOTA 1 0 0 0 0 20 11th*


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