Lawrence Stroll, billionaire father of Lance Stroll, has confirmed that his son will line-up on the Formula 1 grid next year after dominating the highly regarded FIA European Formula 3 Championship.
Stroll senior told Journal de Montréal, “Lance will be in F1 next year. You can write it in black and white.”
Young Stroll, who will be 18 on 29 October, wrapped up the European Formula 3 title in fine style, winning the final five races of the series.
The Canadian dominated the series for young guns, winning 14 of the 30 rounds this season, while his closest rival only managed four wins.
His father added, “His success and his Formula 3 championship represent a great achievement. But what I am most proud of is how he managed to achieve such heights.”
“You don’t know how hard he has worked since the beginning of his career. His perseverance is what made him a Formula 3 champion. It’s not a trivial accolade.”
“The road was long, arduous at times, but this is the best reward. Now he has reached his ultimate goal of Formula 1. I am convinced he will be successful there. It is a great challenge for which he has prepared for a long time.”
Stroll junior has embarked on a $20-million Formula 1 testing programme, conducted by Williams, at various grand prix venues. It is almost certain that the teenager will make his grand prix debut next year with the Grove based outfit.