Stroll is the ‘smartest instrument’ in Formula 1

Date published: February 7 2021 - Jon Wilde

Toto Wolff Lawrence Stroll

Eddie Jordan has described Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll as “the smartest instrument in Formula 1 at the moment”.

Jordan and Stroll book-end the evolution of what is now the Aston Martin F1 team. It began in 1991 when the Irishman entered his own operation into the sport before selling up in 2005, subsequently becoming Midland, Spyker, Force India, Racing Point and now Aston Martin.

The duo have known each other for over 30 years and Stroll’s challenge for the F1 World Championship continues to rely on key cogs who have served the team with longevity, for example technical director Andrew Green and sporting boss Andy Stevenson.

While publicly the team is now unrecognisable from the yellow-liveried Jordan days, its original founder believes it is in “the very best of hands”.

“Never, ever rule out the father, Lawrence Stroll,” Jordan told The Race. “He has that Midas touch, everything he does he turns to gold.

“I’ve known Lawrence for a very long time. He is the smartest instrument in Formula 1 at the moment, without any question.”

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Eddie Jordan

The 72-year-old Dubliner is already impressed with what Stroll has achieved since taking over Force India, who were in serious financial jeopardy before the Canadian businessman bought them out and subsequently rebranded them as Racing Point and now Aston Martin.

Racing Point were only denied third place in the 2020 constructors’ World Championship by a 15-point penalty incurred as punishment for being deemed to have copied the rear brake ducts on the 2019 Mercedes, but enjoyed the high of Sergio Perez’s victory in last year’s penultimate grand prix.

“He [Lawrence Stroll] has been a revelation, he’s one of the greatest entrepreneurial minds you could get,” said Jordan.

“Remember he’s come in and taken over, effectively, a team in administration or bankruptcy, call it what you like, with Force India. And they won a race at the end of last year.

“Who would have ever thought that could have happened? You have to give them absolutely massive credit.”

Jordan also thinks the lengthy service of personnel like Green and Stevenson – he has known the latter since the mid-1980s – will be of major benefit to Aston Martin.

“What I love about it is the loyalty,” said Jordan. “Andy Green, let’s see what he can produce and what he can make – they have the Mercedes engine and the technical collaboration. They will be very strong.”

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