Rookie Lance Stroll has been fast-tracked into Formula 1 with Williams thanks to a hefty chunk of cash dished out by his billionaire father, and as a result the 18 year old Canadian is under huge pressure to perform.
This is the opinion of Williams chief Paddy Lowe, who told ESPN, “One of the very difficult things for Lance is the enormous pressure placed upon him. He’s a driver with a lot of expectation around him from, not just people close to him, but across the board I think. There is a spotlight on him, on how he got here and does he really deserve the drive.”
“Racing drivers are, by their nature, super competitive so they are the best and worst at beating themselves up if they are not performing as they should. So that cascades and creates its own pressure on him, even if it’s not already got enough from outside. There are no easy answers to about how you undo that pressure.”
Lowe believes Williams can coach the youngster to help raise his game, but at the same time advises Stroll to enjoy the moment, “There’s a bit of coaching involved and I appreciate the challenging position he’s in, so I’m trying to help him through that.”
“One thing that is important is to actually be able to enjoy it, to be honest. Why do people drive racing cars? It’s because they love driving quick cars and if you are not here enjoying it then it’s actually not helping. But it’s easier said than done with all the pressure I mentioned,” added Lowe.
Big Question: Is it too much too soon for Lance?