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Feature: Lance on Life

August 5, 2020
2020
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After his best start to a Formula 1 season yet, Lance is on top both form both inside the car and out as we power through the second round of triple-header races.

 

Before the action got underway at Silverstone, the Canadian sat down with Natalie Pinkham of Sky Sports F1 to give an insight into his mindset, his hopes for 2020 and his Formula 1 journey to date.

 

Here are our highlights from what turned out to be a brilliantly revealing chat…

 

On His Start to the 2020 Season

 

Lance’s P9 finish in the British Grand Prix made it three consecutive points finishes, while he’s also made a breakthrough with his one-lap pace on Saturdays.

  

“There was a lot of effort that went into this project during the course of last winter and, because of all that hard work, we were able to turn up to Austria for the first race with a really strong package.

 

“I'm really enjoying driving the RP20, it definitely puts a big smile on my face when I get behind the wheel. There's lots to look forward to for the rest of the season.

 

“The season is still very young and I expect the others to be up there too. I don't think it's done and dusted just yet – but it's definitely a strong start.”

 

On His F1 Journey So Far

 

Lance is now in his fourth season as a Formula 1 driver. He’s now playing a key part in the team’s upward trajectory, while finding time to enjoy life too!

 

“Formula 1 naturally takes up most of my time –but I try to live an active life as a whole. I'm a pretty low-key guy and I like the simple things in life: a glass of wine every now and again, some golf, skiing, and hanging out with good friends.

 

It's been a great journey over the last four years in Formula 1. It's crazy to think it's already my fourth year – time flies!

 

“It's been great challenging up at the front of the grid this season. There were some difficult times earlier in my Formula 1 career where it just didn't quite come together.

 

“But this season I've started to see a positive shift and it's definitely reminded me of my love of racing.”

 

On Adapting to F1 as a Rookie…

 

Lance’s first year in 2017 featured some career highlights, including a front row start in Monza and a podium at Baku. But there were also the inevitable setbacks all F1 rookies experience...

 

“I had a tricky car in my first few years of Formula 1 and I obviously had some weakness to initially work on.

 

“It's difficult when you arrive in Formula 1 at such a young age and it was a big step up from Formula 3 at the time – the cars in F1 are 15 to 20 seconds faster!

 

“I've made real improvements in my career and having a competitive car this year has proven to be a real gamechanger for me.”

 

On Handling Criticism

 

Despite a CV that includes titles in European F3 [2016], the Toyota Racing Series [2015] and Italian F4 [2014], Lance has often been the target of criticism. So, how does he stay focused amidst the noise?

 

“There will always be noise and I think that's just part of Formula 1. It's understandable with where I come from that people will talk down on me – but at the end of the day, I know my skills.

 

“I proved myself by winning multiple championships and I worked hard to get to where I am today in Formula 1. No one can take that away from me.

 

“At the end of the day, what matters to me is that the people close to me see the real picture. I do my talking on the track and that's all I can really do.”

 

On Family Support

 

Lance is fortunate to have a strong family network, including his mother, sister and, of course, father Lawrence. But what role has each really played in his career?

 

“It's great that my family are all on board with me. They've been there since day one. It's not just been my dad as my mum is right there cheering me on and so is my sister.

 

“It's awesome that we get to enjoy this journey all together. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to move to Europe and pursue my dreams of becoming a Formula 1 driver. That love and support is everything to me.

 

“My dad is hard working and he's been great with the team. He's helped turn things around in such an amazing way. He's been very successful in many of his businesses and I think it goes to show that he's great at putting people together.

 

“He has a great vision for assembling a project and there's everyone at the team working hard to be where we are today.

 

“Dad has been great at distancing himself from stepping on anyone's toes during the weekends. He gives me my space and lets me do my thing with the team around me.”

 

On Keeping Feet on the Ground

 

Despite already been in podium contention this season and racking up the points, Lance isn’t letting complacency creep in and reveals the mentality he’s taking to keep pushing the team forwards.

 

“It's easy to get excited now. We have to contain some of that excitement because it's a long season and a lot can happen.

 

“I think it's important to take it all race by race and try to score the most points we can every weekend.

 

“It's still a very competitive field out there and the pecking order will always be track dependent to a degree. We've just got to keep our heads down and keep hustling.”

Watch the full Lance Sky F1 interview here.

After his best start to a Formula 1 season yet, Lance is on top both form both inside the car and out as we power through the second round of triple-header races.

 

Before the action got underway at Silverstone, the Canadian sat down with Natalie Pinkham of Sky Sports F1 to give an insight into his mindset, his hopes for 2020 and his Formula 1 journey to date.

 

Here are our highlights from what turned out to be a brilliantly revealing chat…

 

On His Start to the 2020 Season

 

Lance’s P9 finish in the British Grand Prix made it three consecutive points finishes, while he’s also made a breakthrough with his one-lap pace on Saturdays.

  

“There was a lot of effort that went into this project during the course of last winter and, because of all that hard work, we were able to turn up to Austria for the first race with a really strong package.

 

“I'm really enjoying driving the RP20, it definitely puts a big smile on my face when I get behind the wheel. There's lots to look forward to for the rest of the season.

 

“The season is still very young and I expect the others to be up there too. I don't think it's done and dusted just yet – but it's definitely a strong start.”

 

On His F1 Journey So Far

 

Lance is now in his fourth season as a Formula 1 driver. He’s now playing a key part in the team’s upward trajectory, while finding time to enjoy life too!

 

“Formula 1 naturally takes up most of my time –but I try to live an active life as a whole. I'm a pretty low-key guy and I like the simple things in life: a glass of wine every now and again, some golf, skiing, and hanging out with good friends.

 

It's been a great journey over the last four years in Formula 1. It's crazy to think it's already my fourth year – time flies!

 

“It's been great challenging up at the front of the grid this season. There were some difficult times earlier in my Formula 1 career where it just didn't quite come together.

 

“But this season I've started to see a positive shift and it's definitely reminded me of my love of racing.”

 

On Adapting to F1 as a Rookie…

 

Lance’s first year in 2017 featured some career highlights, including a front row start in Monza and a podium at Baku. But there were also the inevitable setbacks all F1 rookies experience...

 

“I had a tricky car in my first few years of Formula 1 and I obviously had some weakness to initially work on.

 

“It's difficult when you arrive in Formula 1 at such a young age and it was a big step up from Formula 3 at the time – the cars in F1 are 15 to 20 seconds faster!

 

“I've made real improvements in my career and having a competitive car this year has proven to be a real gamechanger for me.”

 

On Handling Criticism

 

Despite a CV that includes titles in European F3 [2016], the Toyota Racing Series [2015] and Italian F4 [2014], Lance has often been the target of criticism. So, how does he stay focused amidst the noise?

 

“There will always be noise and I think that's just part of Formula 1. It's understandable with where I come from that people will talk down on me – but at the end of the day, I know my skills.

 

“I proved myself by winning multiple championships and I worked hard to get to where I am today in Formula 1. No one can take that away from me.

 

“At the end of the day, what matters to me is that the people close to me see the real picture. I do my talking on the track and that's all I can really do.”

 

On Family Support

 

Lance is fortunate to have a strong family network, including his mother, sister and, of course, father Lawrence. But what role has each really played in his career?

 

“It's great that my family are all on board with me. They've been there since day one. It's not just been my dad as my mum is right there cheering me on and so is my sister.

 

“It's awesome that we get to enjoy this journey all together. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to move to Europe and pursue my dreams of becoming a Formula 1 driver. That love and support is everything to me.

 

“My dad is hard working and he's been great with the team. He's helped turn things around in such an amazing way. He's been very successful in many of his businesses and I think it goes to show that he's great at putting people together.

 

“He has a great vision for assembling a project and there's everyone at the team working hard to be where we are today.

 

“Dad has been great at distancing himself from stepping on anyone's toes during the weekends. He gives me my space and lets me do my thing with the team around me.”

 

On Keeping Feet on the Ground

 

Despite already been in podium contention this season and racking up the points, Lance isn’t letting complacency creep in and reveals the mentality he’s taking to keep pushing the team forwards.

 

“It's easy to get excited now. We have to contain some of that excitement because it's a long season and a lot can happen.

 

“I think it's important to take it all race by race and try to score the most points we can every weekend.

 

“It's still a very competitive field out there and the pecking order will always be track dependent to a degree. We've just got to keep our heads down and keep hustling.”

Watch the full Lance Sky F1 interview here.

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