Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll has said that he believes his son, Lance, is roughly matching his new Aston Martin team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
The four-time World Champion joined the Aston Martin F1 Team in 2021 after being axed by Ferrari last year, and he scored the newly rebranded racing outfit’s maiden podium in Baku earlier this campaign.
Asked for his thoughts on his son’s performance so far this season, Lawrence Stroll, who owns both Aston Martin Lagonda and the Aston Martin F1 Team, said he is impressed with Lance’s form and believes he will only get better with experience.
“I think Lance does an amazing job. He’s only 22,” Lawrence told the French edition of Motorsport.com.
“Whether it’s his performances in qualifying or his podiums, you know he’s fighting with Sebastian this year, they’re probably about the same level.
“So I don’t have any concerns or the impression that Lance has a lack of performance. I think he will gain experience as he goes along, and as he gains experience, like anyone his age, he will become stronger.
“So I’m absolutely not worried,” the Canadian billionaire added.
Vettel, meanwhile, struggled in the opening grands prix of the season, with Stroll often outpacing him.
Lawrence believes the German’s initial struggles were due to him getting very limited running in pre-season testing, and he believes Vettel is now performing well.
“How do I rate his season so far? I think it started slowly and now he is up to speed,” he said when asked for his thoughts on Vettel’s season thus far.
“I think the slow start is also related to the problems we had in testing, where we only had three days [of running], and [he only had] one and a half.
“We had all kinds of malfunctions with the car. So there was a lack of track time.
“He’s certainly the highest paid, but I think he’s doing a very good job,” he concluded.