Just look at that 2014 picture. That’s Racing Point F1 driver Lance Stroll and Williams F1 rookie NicHolas Latifi on the podium at the Florida Winter Series karting event.
Five years later, and these two men will race against each other again … in Formula 1.
Latifi, the 24 year old son of a billionaire, will enter his first season in F1. Latifi will spend his first season with Williams, despite links to McLaren, a company his father invested over £200 million in last year.
Stroll, the 21 year old son of a billionaire, will contest his 4th season in F1. After two years with Williams, Stroll made the switch to Racing Point, a team his father purchased when the old Force India team went into administration.
Canadian racers are a funny bunch. Quick to write of these two men as ‘rich kids’ who bought their rides in F1. But on the one hand, there’s the national pride of two Canadians on the grid next season (10% of the field) compared to zero Americans. And of course, the reflected glory of someone who raced at our home tracks making it to the big show. For example, the pictures below are F1 driver Nicholas Latifi (and his little brother Matthew) at Mosport Kartways and Goodwood Kartways.