Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll became known within the world of F1 when his son, Lance, began racing with the Williams F1 Team in 2017 in a move that was linked with him providing much-needed funding to the ailing team.
He then purchased Racing Point in 2018 after they went into administration and he subsequently signed his son as a driver for the team the following season.
And the Silverstone-based team started a new chapter this year, with it being rebranded Aston Martin at Lawrence Stroll’s instruction – as he also owns a large stake in the British car brand.
The team clearly has plenty of ambition, with Stroll pumping money into it and signing four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel as they look to emerge from the midfield and battle for Championships.
Season three of Netflix’s Drive To Survive (DTS) F1 docuseries was released earlier this week, providing behind-the-scenes access throughout the 2020 season.
Stroll features heavily in the first episode, and he is described as a “force of nature” by Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer.
“Lawrence is a force of nature. You know, I’ve worked previously with owners that were billionaires, but they didn’t have the goals that Lawrence has,” Szafnauer said.
“He brings funding but he also brings expectations,” he added.
In the same episode, Stroll talks about his takeover of Racing Point in 2018 and describes it as a “tremendous opportunity” as the team had always punched above its weight.
“There were a lot of people who were very concerned whether they’d have a job, or how their children were gonna go to school, how their mortgages or doctor bills were gonna be paid,” Stroll said.
“We acquired a team that was fourth on the grid with a considerably smaller budget than our competitors.
“I really thought this is a tremendous opportunity in something that I had a lot of passion for.
“We have very exciting and ambitious growth plans, and I believe we can go from strength to strength.
“I’ve always won in the businesses I’ve run and I plan on winning here,” Stroll concluded.