The Canadian racing driver Lance Stroll has been considered as one of the most perspective young drivers in the world, which enabled him to progress directly from Formula 3 to Formula 1.
He made a debut in Formula One World Championship in 2017 with Williams. After spending two seasons with the British team, he moved to Racing Point, the team in which his father is a shareholder.
Before his debut in Formula 1 in 2017, Stroll clinched three championship titles in three seasons, winning the 2014 Formula 4 Italian Championship, the 2015 Toyota Racing New Zealand series and the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Driving go-karts since the age 10
Born in a family of Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll and Belgian fashion designer Claire-Anne Callens, Lance Stroll started his career at the age 10, entering karting competition in Canada. Over the years, he recorded many victories in North America and then moved to Europe.
Formula 4 champion in the first season of car racing
In 2014, it was a time for a debut in car racing. Stroll joined Prema Powerteam in the Italian Formula 4 Championship. He dominated in the championship, scoring ten wins and becoming a champion in his rookie season. In 2014, Stroll also took part in the Florida Winter Series.
Toyota Racing Series champion in 2015
During the European off-season in January and February 2015, Stroll participated in the New Zealand's Toyota Racing Series. Driving the #18 car for M2 Competition, he was a race winner four times in sixteen races, winning the championship ahead of Brandon Maisano.
In 2015, Stroll also made a debut in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Prema Powerteam, driving the #25 Dallara-Mercedes. With one victory and six podiums, he finished fifth in the overall standings and third among rookies.
Leaving Ferrari and joining Williams in 2015
Lance Stroll was a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2010, while he was still active in karting competitions, as the youngest ever driver to be signed by Formula 1 team. In November 2015, it was announced that he would leave Ferrari and join Williams F1 team to serve as a test driver.
European Formula 3 champion in 2016
While working for Williams, Stroll continued to drive for Prema Powerteam in the Formula 3 European Championship. Driving the #1 Dallara-Mercedes, he was a dominant driver on the F3 grid, scoring fourteen wins in thirty races.
In January 2016, Stroll had a guest appearance in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, driving a Riley-Ford prototype for Chip Ganassi Racing at Daytona 24 Hours. He was sharing a car with Alex Wurz, Brendon Hartley and Andy Priaulx, finishing in the fifth place.
Formula 1 debut with Williams in 2017
In November 2016, Stroll was announced as a full-time driver for Williams Martini Racing in 2017 Formula One season, alongside Valtteri Bottas. Stoll came as a replacement for Felipe Massa, but due to sudden move of Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes, Massa reactivated himself.
Stroll recorded three DNFs in his first three races, catching first points with ninth place in the seventh round, in his home Grand Prix in Montreal. In the next round, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he finished third, becoming the youngest rookie driver on Formula 1 podium, at the age of 18 years and 239 days. Later in the season, he was in the points five more times, finishing the year 12th in the standings.
Lance's father bought F1 team in 2018
In 2018, Lance stayed with Williams, getting a rookie Sergey Sirotkin as a new teammate. Stroll's results were not so good as in his rookie year and he was in the points just two times, finishing 18th in the final classification.
During the season, his father Lawrence Stroll and a group of investors (Racing Point UK) became the owners of the Force India F1 Team, guaranteeing a place for Lance in the 2019 F1 season. The team was renamed to Racing Point F1 Team, retaining Sergio Perez and taking Lance as the second driver. His best result was the fourth place in the German Grand Prix and he finished 15th in the championship points.