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.
Lance is going endurance racing in the USA
We are going to Daytona to enjoy, compete and of course try and win. I always want to be best and most competitive I can be.
I’ll be out there with some of my buddies in the same car and it is going to be a pleasure to do this race again as I just love to race. We are the four young guns so it will be great fun I’m sure because we go way back together. A big part of Daytona is who you share the car with so I’m really looking forward to it.
I am really grateful to Williams Martini Racing for realising I want to keep my racing sharpness through the winter and letting me race at Daytona.
Lance is joining a group of young guns and heading to America in January to compete in the iconic Rolex 24 at Daytona. He will be racing in a Jackie Chan DCR JOTA LMP2 car and will be joined by Felix Rosenqvist, Robin Frijns and Daniel Juncadella. Having competed in this event in 2015 Lance knows just how much fun it is and is looking forward to teaming up with his friends who have all been champions and are three of the best drivers currently outside F1.
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.”