Lance Stroll has again proved he’s got what it takes in chaotic conditions, the 20-year-old fourth at Hockenheim for the team’s best result since Spain 2017, a gap of 46 Grands Prix.
Stroll even said that a podium was possible had he not made a mistake at Turn 8 that let Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat past, after being the first driver to switch to slick tyres after the penultimate safety car.
The Canadian has come under fire this year, for joining a team his father Lawrence Stroll now co-owns as part of a consortium. The next race, in Belgium, marking one year since its re-organisation.
But, after Hungary, Stroll leads teammate Sergio Pérez on what matters: points 18-13, despite being outqualified 12-0 and out-raced 7-3, when they could be compared. Both with one DNF.
Incredibly, Pérez hasn’t scored a point since Azerbaijan in April with the Mexican only scoring in three of the first four races… and crashing out of the German Grand Prix on Lap 2.
Pérez was expected to be untouchable pre-season, but Stroll admitted he was ready for the fight - after two years at Williams…
SOUNDBITE (English) LANCE STROLL,
F1 DRIVER, RACING POINT F1:
“Yeah, for sure. It’s a new chapter and it’s a very exciting journey that lies ahead of us. You know, words can’t really describe it. It’s a dream come true, to be standing on the stage as a part of Sportpesa Racing Point F1 Team here in Canada. Launching the car. It’s amazing!”
There’s no doubt that dollars have brought Stroll to F1 and Racing Point but his talent is undeniable, having secured a podium in Azerbaijan back in 2017… and a front-row start at Monza…
A far nicer memory than his 2015 visit in European Formula 3 - when he was tipped into a dramatic barrel-roll by Michele Beretta… Stroll winning the title the next season…
… before stepping up to F1 with Williams.
Stroll’s result in Germany proves he’s able to deliver the big points when the going gets tough, but he now needs to work on qualifying, for consistent point scoring to show he’s the real deal.