Lawrence Stroll has once again come to the defence of his son Lance, claiming that no one “would be questioning” the 22-year-old’s spot in Formula 1 if he was not his son.
Racing Point’s decision to replace Sergio Perez with Sebastian Vettel for the 2021 season was contested by a number of fans and pundits, many of whom felt that Stroll junior deserved to lose his seat instead of the Mexican racer.
As it happened, Perez will race alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull this year, with the young Canadian set to test himself against a four-time world champion in the shape of Vettel.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with RaceFans, Stroll senior said that Lance’s performance on track meant the team were 100% justified in keeping him in the seat.
“For a 22-year-old, he just turned 22, to accomplish what he accomplished last year, demonstrated his performance and his justification of being there,” he told RaceFans. “This is Aston Martin, this is a business.
“I think his performance on the track 100% justified him being there. And, by the way, if he wasn’t my son, that performance alone, nobody would be questioning.”
While Perez certainly had the edge over Stroll in 2020, picking up 50 more points than the Canadian across the season, the owner of the newly rebadged Aston Martin team pointed to some of the bad luck that plagued Lance during the second part of the campaign.
“He had Leclerc take him out in Russia, he had [Norris] take him out the race after, none of which were any things that he did wrong,” he added.
“So I think when you put that whole season together, it was quite impressive what a 21 year old – he wasn’t 22 at the time – was able to do.”