Lance started his racing career in karting at the age of ten, and has been a winner from the word go. In his first year in karting in 2008 he was the Federation de Sport Automobile du Quebec rookie of the year followed by driver of the year in 2009. Four titles followed in the Florida Winter Tour before he moved to the CIK-FIA World Championship in 2012. The move to the Italian Formula 4 Championship in 2014 saw another title added to his cv. This was followed by the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand and then the 2016 FIA European Formula 3 Championship. He joined the Williams Young Driver Development Programme in 2015 and then a year later was announced as the team’s driver for 2017.
I’m just lost for words right now. It was such a hectic race and so much happened, but the team kept me cool on the radio, the pace was good, we took it to the end and stayed out of trouble.
I can’t quite believe what’s just happened. We just lost out to Valtteri at the end there in one of the closest finishes of all time going side-by-side across the finish line. Coming into this weekend I never thought I would be standing on the podium. It’s an amazing feeling and, for me, a dream come true. However, what happened today was a team effort and I can’t thank everyone enough for making this happen. I am just so sorry that I could not celebrate with Felipe, as that would have been the icing on the cake. I am sure without his problems he would have been up there with me.
On the 3rd November 2016 Williams Martini Racing confirmed Lance Stroll was making his Formula One debut in the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said; “Lance joined the Williams Young Driver Programme at the end of 2015 and has impressed our engineers with his maturity, talent and enthusiasm. We are pleased to be able to offer him the opportunity to step up and show what he can do in Formula One, after proving a dominant force in all the categories he has raced in so far.
He is still young, and we looking forward to seeing him develop as a driver. Williams has a great record of introducing young drivers to Formula One, who have achieved great results, and we hope this will be the start of a long successful career for Lance as well.
As a team, we continue to push forward in our goal to win races and championships, and believe this exciting fresh combination will put us in a strong position to deliver on our future targets.”