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.
This is certainly one of the most difficult tracks for me to talk about as I have never been there or done it on the sim yet.
I did watch last year’s race but still have to really see how the track is. However, I do enjoy going to new tracks. They all have their own particular characteristics and it is fun to find these out. Obviously the first experience I will have is the Thursday track walk, which I do with my engineers. It is surprising how much you can learn about a track by walking it that is still relevant when you are going round at speed in an F1 car. You get to know the bumps and have a feel for how the car will react. When learning a new one there is no set number of laps it takes, as sometimes you get into it very quickly and others it takes a bit more time. It just depends on the track and your feeling and how long it takes to get into a rhythm.
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.”