It is rumored that Toto Wolff of Mercedes F1 team and Chip Ganassi, who is an entrepreneur in American racing are both looking to pick up Lance Stroll.
He has emerged as a leader in the Formula 3 of the FIA European Championship. Wolff has been eyeing this talent who is upcoming as he has panache for picking up young drivers who show potential. He has managed Valterri Bottas as well before he took up his role in Mercedes.
Many might think that Lance’s father who is a super rich fashion magnate in Canada, Lawrence Stroll, might have been instrumental in his son getting success early in his racing career. But that is something that has worked against Lance as well, which many of the experts feel. The reputation that Lance has developed in the market often works against him. Many feel that he has been able to attend classes that have been possible due to his father’s successful standing. However, people also need to recognize the talent that he has inherent in him. This is what Wolff has discovered in Lance. He feels that the talent and maturity in the body is evident when you speak to him. He is only seventeen years of age, when one talks to him the maturity that the boy has been akin to someone who is 35 years of age. (more…)
Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa has conceded that the Ferrari has a lot more pace compared to his Williams car after he lost out to new Ferrari signing Sebastian Vettel in the race to finish behind the two Mercedes cars at the season’s curtain raiser at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last weekend.
The Brazilian was cruising comfortably in his starting position of third behind the two pace setting Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg before being caught behind the Red Bull Racing car of Daniel Ricciardo which allowed Vettel to pass him on lap 20. Massa eventually finished behind the German in fourth position, a full 4 seconds behind.
Massa reckons that although Ferrari might have had the faster car, he would have managed to keep Vettel in check if he had not lost time behind Ricciardo. He said that it is true that the Ferrari is faster than the Williams, but still, not by much and could at most be one – tenths of a second.
He mentioned that being in front was the best option he had because the track at Albert Park is not easy for overtaking manoeuvres and to lose from that position is not easy to digest. He mentioned that he is a bit disappointed but it is still the start and there are still a lot more races to go before the season is over. (more…)