Montreal racer Lance Stroll’s topsy-turvy first season in FIA European Formula 3 competition ended on a high note, when the 16 year old won the final race of the season at Hockenheim.
The driver, son of the inconceivably rich Lawrence Stroll, has been criticized for his erratic driving this season following some serious crashes. In fairness to the young driver, several of the series front runners have been disciplined for similar escapades which have led to some scary moments.
While Stroll is the epitome of a driver who would likely not have reached the big leagues unless Dad had dough, this win is a good indication that Canada may just have another Formula 1 driver in the coming years.
Team press release:
Lance Stroll scored his maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship win with an impressive victory in the final meeting of the season at Hockenheim last weekend (17-18 Oct). The Canadian, who only turns 17-years-old later this month (29 Oct), led all 22-laps in his Prema Powerteam Dallara F312-Mercedes around Germany’s 2.84-mile Formula One race track. The Montréal-born teenager is competing in the prestigious single-seater category for the first time this year.
Stroll netted sixth place in a later race at Hockenheim to claim an incredible fifth overall in the final championship standings of the 33-race series. Hockenheim was the venue, almost 12 months to the day of his maiden win, where the Ferrari Academy Driver had his first test in a F3 car.
Stroll steadily and impressively acclimatized to the ultra-competitive F3 category that has seen many F1 World Champions compete including Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Sebastian Vettel. Indeed since July, Lance scored 10 “Rookie” class race wins and placed inside the top-six overall 12 times in what is effectively only his second year of car racing.
Lance won the Italian Formula 4 Championship with Prema last year while at the beginning of 2015, won the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series. Stroll began his motorsport career in karts in 2008, recording numerous race and championship wins in his native Canada and North America, before racing karts in Europe from 2011 and then in World Championship events. Stefano Domenicali, the President of the FIA Single-Seater Commission and formerly the team principal of the Ferrari Formula One team, presented Stroll with his silverware on the winner’s podium.