Lance Stroll Is a Risk Williams Didn’t Need to Take for 2017 Formula 1 Season

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Published: November 5, 2016

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When the inevitable question came, Formula One's latest boy wonder dealt with it as well as he possibly could.

As deputy team principal Claire Williams mused, per Sky Sports, the team were "really, really excited" as they announced their 2017 driver lineup on Thursday morning, confirming teenager Lance Stroll would replace the retiring Felipe Massa at the end of this season.

The new partnership between Stroll and Valtteri Bottas, she declared, would mark "a new chapter in Williams' history," generating renewed interest in a team who have been all too easy to overlook over the last two years.



Yet the question—the question that needed to be asked—risked darkening the mood slightly, and there was no easy way of putting it.

Was there a danger that Stroll—son of Lawrence, the fashion tycoon worth $2.4 billion, according to Forbes—would be dismissed as little more than a pay driver of the highest order?

"Everyone has their own opinion, I can't change that," the 18-year-old explained, per Sky Sports. "I come from money, I'm not going to deny that, but I believe I've earned my shot in F1 because I've won every championship that I've competed in."



True, Stroll has won every series he has participated in—culminating in his FIA European Formula Three triumph in 2016 when, in a category that Max Verstappen once contested in and Esteban Ocon conquered in 2014, he won 14 of a possible 30 races and secured the title by almost 200 points.

But here's the thing, the lingering suspicion clouding almost every judgement of the Canadian: Was Stroll's success in junior single-seater racing a natural result of his vast talent behind the wheel? Or did his sheer wealth put him in a position where it was near-impossible to fail?



That was why the news of Stroll's promotion from a development-driver role was...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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