A brief biography of Williams driver Lance Stroll, including his career history and Formula One statistics
Lance Stroll is the newest entrant to the Formula 1 Paddock, the son of a billionaire businessman and joins Williams to partner the experienced veteran Felipe Massa for 2017. Much has been made about his father's money and his fast ascension to the Formula 1 ranks but his racing career is impressive and doesn't suggest he is not worthy of being in F1.
Stroll was born in Montreal, Canada and first raced a kart when he was 8, he was recruited to the Ferrari Driving Academy when he was 11 (the youngest driver at the time to enter the programme) and has continued to set records since.
Stroll won the 2016 GP3 European championship to become the youngest ever winner in convincing fashion, perhaps made more impressive by his struggles in 2015. He received a race ban for his role in a crash at Spa-Francorchamps and had been involved in other incidents throughout the year, a huge crash in Monza deemed to be his fault also. To his credit Lance Stroll took these lessons to heart and when he won in 2016 it was clear he had matured in his approach. Ties with Williams already meant he had an F1 drive in his sights but it wasn't until later in 2016 that it would come to something.
In November 2016 it was announced he would join the Williams team in 2017. Despite an extensive training programme, using a 2014 Williams FW36, Stroll will face many challenges in 2017, the second youngest driver to ever drive in F1 and with the obvious shadow of his father's influence to contend with it will be an interesting year for F1 fans as we watch the Canadian rookie's progress.