Aged only 20 and with a Formula 1 podium finish already on his tally, Lance Stroll is one of the brightest stars in the cohort of young drivers emerging in the sport. The Canadian joins SportPesa Racing Point to make the next step in his career and help the team on its ambitious rise towards the front of the grid.
Born in 1998 in Canada, Lance made his debut in motorsport aged 10. He made an immediate impression on his country’s scene, being nominated as rookie of the year after his maiden campaign and progressing to the CIK-FIA World Championship in 2012, finishing fifth.
A move to single-seaters beckoned and, aged 16, Lance moved to Europe to compete in the Italian Formula 4 Championship. Success didn’t take long to come and Lance finished the season with seven wins, 13 podiums and five pole-positions on his way to the title. A busy 2015 saw him compete in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand in the winter, sealing the title with four wins and 10 podiums from 16 starts, and in the Formula 3 European Championship, where he finished fifth with one win and six podiums.
What followed was a bright example of a dominant display: in his second season in the series, Lance claimed 14 wins, 20 podiums and 14 pole positions to win the championship. It was a classic performance, enough to open the doors to the elite of motorsport. Aged just 18, Lance would be making the jump from F3 to Formula 1.
In his debut season in the sport, the young Canadian turned heads by scoring his first-ever points in his home Grand Prix in Montreal before becoming the youngest-ever rookie podium finisher with P3 at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. This wouldn’t be the only record for Lance’s debut season – he’d also become the youngest front-row starter before the end of the year, courtesy of a fine qualifying effort under a downpour at Monza.
Bolstered by a rookie year featuring the above accolades and a total of seven points-scoring finishes, Lance headed into 2018 as team leader. Unfortunately, lack of competitive machinery meant he was never in a position to contend for the results his talent would deserve. Despite the setback, he was able to bring his car into the points on two occasions, in Baku and in Monza, to score six points.
These battling performances, alongside his stellar record in his junior career, earned Lance a move to the newly-relaunched Racing Point F1 Team, where the young Canadian - paired with the experienced Sergio Perez - will have the chance to compete for some prestigious results in the 2019 season and beyond.