Lance Stroll, the 2010 Rotax Junior Canadian Champion, has made his way to Formula 1. On Sunday’s 50th running of the Canadian Grand Prix, Stroll proved he truly belongs in F1 by bringing home his first World Championship points.
In 2010, Stoll joined the Ferrari Driver Academy (seen below with future Williams F1 teammate Felipe Massa) at the age of 11. Young Canadian Stroll advanced through the open wheel feeder system, reaching Formula 1 at the age of 17. But the rookie season has been difficult for Stroll, with 3 DNFs in his first 6 races.
But Stroll enjoyed a magnanimous race at his home track in Montreal. Stroll drove a clean race, passing five cars on track, including two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso (seen above, right) who’s underperforming Honda was no match for the Mercedes power unit in the back of Stroll’s Williams.
Taking the checkered flag in 9th place makes Stroll only the 3rd Canadian ever to earn World Championship points (and the only one not to be named Villeneuve). The crowd in Montreal showed their appreciation for the hometown boy’s result.