Lawrence Stroll, a Canadian billionaire, spent a whopping $100 million to support his son Lance Stroll’s career in Formula 1. However, Lance, who never had a true passion for motorsport, is now considering returning to his original passion, tennis. This change of heart can be attributed to his teammate, Fernando Alonso.
Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso, the two drivers for Aston Martin, have displayed contrasting performances during the 2023 season. Alonso has effectively maximized the potential of the AMR23 car, whereas Lance has significantly lagged behind his teammate, a two-time champion. As they approach the latter part of the season, Lance finds himself trailing Alonso by a considerable margin of 102 points, with a notable difference of 47 points.
Lance is considering a comeback to professional tennis due to the increasing gap and the influence of Alonso. Lance’s father prevented him from pursuing tennis, but there are rumors that his true passion still lies in the sport. The hosts of ‘The Race’ podcast recently talked about Lance’s future in tennis and the potential for him to make a switch.
The host stated that Lance is not likely to willingly depart from Aston Martin because he has a contract that is continuously renewed within his father’s company. However, if he were to decide to pursue a career in tennis, it would create an opportunity for someone else to join the team. The host also mentioned that Lance’s performance this season may not be strong enough to justify his position on the grid, and if a spot were to open up in the future, he should possibly be considered for a lower position.
Lance has received criticism for not being able to match his teammate Alonso, but his team acknowledges the importance he brings. They persist in supporting him despite the negative comments from critics and F1 experts. Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack defended Lance, explaining that during the car’s peak performance, Lance was recuperating from an injury. Krack also commended Lance’s skill in managing Alonso as a teammate.
Lance’s team remains steadfast in their belief in his potential and is supporting him to overcome obstacles and achieve success in the sport, despite the challenges and criticism. The main question is whether Lance can translate their faith into concrete advancements on the track.