Lance Stroll

Williams

Driver Number

#18

Canada

Representing

Canada

Nation
Canada
Engine
Mercedes
Date of birth
23/Jan/1997
Place of birth
Montreal, Canada

Biography

One of that rare species of Canadian racers in Formula One, Lance was offered the chance to replace Felipe Massa at Williams, but will line up for his debut as the Brazilian’s team-mate. He is the 12th Canadian and the first since Jacques Villeneuve, who won the drivers title with Williams in 1997.

Born in Montreal, his father Lawrence Stroll, who was a businessman and sportscar racing enthusiast, encouraged his interest in racing. He bought him his first kart and Lance responded by winning his first race and title three years later.

He went on to be selected for Ferrari’s driver academy in 2010 and then had a successful entry to single-seater racing. He finished fifth and survived a few heavy crashes in his debut season in European F3 in 2015 and then won the series last year.

That confirmed his potential and led to Williams appointing him as a test and development driver and then offering him a race seat for 2017 when Massa announced his retirement, a decision that has since been reversed.  

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