Canadian driver Lance Stroll has grown up influenced by motor sport thanks to the passion for racing enjoyed by his father Lawrence Stroll. Over 20 years ago, Stroll acquired an old circuit in Canada, known as Mont-Tremblant, and the family lived close by in the state of Quebec, not far from the city of Montreal.
In the winter, the town of Mont-Tremblant is renown as a ski resort, but during the summer months, the circuit with the same name, is a fun place to drive and it even hosted the Canadian Grand Prix twice in 1968 and 1970.
Lance Stroll recalls watching Formula 1 races on TV in the early mornings in Canada with his car-mad father and he stepped into his first go-kart at the age of six.
“I definitely got the bug from my Dad; he’s always been into cars and loves it,” says Lance. “I was quite the adrenaline junkie growing up so anything to do with speed I was into. I was also quite competitive.”
Stroll Jr recalls being allowed to drive a go-kart around traffic cones set-up in the parking lot outside the Mont-Tremblant circuit one summer and that experience got him hooked. The following year he visited one of the many go-karting tracks in Quebec for the first time and by the following season was competing in a championship near Montreal. For half a dozen weekends from June until the end of August, his interest in the sport began to develop into something more than a hobby.
Stroll’s desire to race gained momentum and he came to Europe, winning the Italian Formula 4 series ten years after he first stepped into a go-kart. After securing the European Formula 3 crown in 2016, Stroll’s rapid rise took him to a Williams Formula 1 seat the following year and in Baku 2017, in only his eighth Grand Prix start, he finished third becoming the second youngest driver in Formula 1 history to finish on the podium. At 18 years, seven months and 27 days, he was just 12 days older than Max Verstappen, who broke the record with his victory at Barcelona in 2016.
His third place on the streets of Baku bodes well for his chances at F1’s newest street race which will be staged on the Saudi Arabian seaport of Jeddah in December.
Following his Baku result, it took three years for Stroll to get on the podium again, which he achieved at the Italian Grand Prix last year. Stroll was driving for Racing Point, the team which his father acquired in the summer of 2018. At the beginning of this year, it has been rebranded as Aston Martin and he has been joined at the team by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.