[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] LANCE STROLL: IMPORTANT BOOST

Montreal was a home round for Racing Point, the gutsy squad now owned by the Lawrence Stroll-led consortium. The Canadian billionaire fashion magnate unleashing the squad from its crushing financial issues late last year…

SOUNDBITE (English) OTMAR SZAFNAUER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RACING POINT:
“So the financial pressures have been eased, but now we have other pressures and those pressures are to perform at an even higher level than we have before. And we’re all working hard to do that.”

But it’s been difficult so far this year, with the squad’s Barcelona update package not working as it would have liked. Sergio Pérez, who is expected to lead the team, not earning points since Azerbaijan.

While Canada was a shot in the arm for local hero, Lance Stroll, after an engine failure in final practice and an 11th-straight Q1 exit in qualifying. Two points for ninth a just reward in Montreal.

… which could serve as an important boost.

Stroll has yet to qualify higher than 13th for new team Racing Point, which he did in Baku for his second of three points finishes. Pérez in comparison, starting three times in the top-10, earning 13 points to Stroll’s six.

But, Stroll’s seat can’t be in doubt with his father presiding over the team, an awkward relationship touched on at the team’s launch.

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID CROFT,
LEAD COMMENTATOR, SKY SPORTS F1:
“Has he insisted on having a button to press so he can talk to you during the race, or how’s that going to work?”

SOUNDBITE (English) LANCE STROLL,
F1 DRIVER, RACING POINT F1:
“I’m not going to get into detail, but I’m sure. You can ask Otmar on that one.”

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID CROFT,
LEAD COMMENTATOR, SKY SPORTS F1:
“How’s that going to work?

SOUNDBITE (English) OTMAR SZAFNAUER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RACING POINT F1:
“He’s going to talk to me!”

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID CROFT,
LEAD COMMENTATOR, SKY SPORTS F1:
“So you’re like a surrogate dad during the race, is that the way it works?

SOUNDBITE (English) OTMAR SZAFNAUER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RACING POINT F1:
“Well, it’s just a… 

Of course, Stroll has talent as a multiple champion in the junior categories… 

He won the Italian F4 title, the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, and European F3. He’s also taken a career best fifth, at the Daytona 24 Hour in 2016 with Chip Ganassi Racing.

And in F1, Stroll has had standout results before. During his rookie campaign at Williams in 2017, taking an impressive podium in Azerbaijan, and a front row start at the Italian Grand Prix.

But, if he’s to properly step out from the billionaire background, he has to continue to take the fight to his tenacious teammate Pérez…