Former racer blames Lance Stroll for ‘lack of love’ for Formula 1, urges him to leave the sport as he is ‘underperforming’
Christian Danner has claimed, a fundamental ‘lack of love’ for the sport is what is plaguing Lance Stroll’s Formula 1 career.
Lance Stroll (via imago)
Lance Stroll’s Formula 1 has been a mix of the highest highs and the contrasting lowest lows, ranging from Podiums and accolades to multiple controversies. The Canadian driver is the son of the billionaire businessman Lawrence Stroll, who owns the Aston Martin F1 team currently and is also a part-owner and executive chairman of Aston Martin. Moreover, Lance Stroll currently drives for his Father’s team Aston Martin alongside his teammate Fernando Alonso.
The Canadian driver’s struggles have been highlighted starkly when compared to Alonso’s stunning performance in equal machinery as Stroll trails Alonso by 130 points. Christian Danner, a former F1 driver, has suggested a solution for Stroll amidst heavy scrutiny. Danner claimed that Stroll’s poor performance can be attributed to his lack of passion for the sport, as reported by Sports.de.
If someone approaches the matter with such listlessness, then there is a lack of fundamental love for this profession, for this privilege of being allowed to drive a Formula 1 car, I don’t see that in him by a long shot.
Danner suggested Stroll re-evaluate his future in the sport entirely.
I as Lance Stroll, a grown man: Do I want to continue being a racing driver? He has to make the decision for himself, do I have room for improvement here, is there something going forward? If so: what do I have to do for that?
Lance Stroll is currently P11 in the Driver’s Standings and still has a chance to prove himself a valuable asset for the team as Aston Martin battle for a possible P4 against the McLarens.
Christian Danner suggests Lance Stroll the Nicholas Latifi route
Christian Danner also referred to Nicholas Latifi, Lance Stroll’s compatriot from Canada, in the same interview as he suggested Stroll follow his fellow Canadian’s path. Latifi, just like Stroll, hails from an extremely wealthy family. Nicholas Latifi had been racing karts from the age of 13 and finally made his Formula 1 debut in 2020 after being the runner-up in the 2019 Formula 2 Championship.
Latifi decided to retire from racing at the end of the 2022 season following his 3 seasons with Williams. Danner brought up the driver’s retirement as he suggested Stroll to look up to Nicholas Latifi.
Latifi is a good comparison because he comes from a much richer family, and he made a good and courageous decision in the life of a young man.
Latifi revealed that he quit racing and decided to study business in London at the end of the 2022 season. Danner’s advice suggests Stroll do the same. It’s left to be seen whether Lance Stroll does decide to follow Latifi’s footsteps considering the main difference between the two Canadians, the difference being that Stroll’s father is the owner of a competitive Formula 1 team.