Fernando Alonso thinks ‘super-talented’ Lance Stroll is a potential World Champion

Sam Cooper
Aston Martin's Lance Stroll in the cockpit.

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll in the cockpit.

Fernando Alonso has given his new team-mate Lance Stroll high praise by suggesting the Canadian could one day be a World Champion.

The existing two-time World Champion Alonso moved from Alpine to Aston Martin this year and has already begun towing the party line, putting high praise on his new team-mate who also happens to be his new boss’ son.

Stroll, who has appeared in 122 races and yet to score a win, has clearly impressed Alonso and the Spaniard, who needed just 12 grands prix to win his first race, said he saw talent in his new garage mate.

Alonso, who won the World Championship after his 69th race in the sport, said he had seen qualities in Stroll that he believed made him a potential title winner.

“I’ve known Lance for 11 years,” Alonso said. “We met in 2012 when I was at Ferrari – he was in the Ferrari Academy. And I’ve known his father, Lawrence, for many years. He’s a great friend of mine. I’ve been to his house in Canada a few times, doing different sports and enjoying time together.

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“In Lance, the team has a driver who is super young, super talented and has the possibility to be World Champion,” Alonso said. To see him achieve that and have played a part in that, whether that’s behind the wheel or not, will be special for me.

“He has the speed, and he has the talent. He has shown it many times, especially in wet conditions. I remember Lance’s pole position in Turkey and some of his other excellent performances in the wet; to perform at that level in difficult conditions you have to have a special feeling with the car.”

As to Alonso’s own title ambitions, he believes Aston Martin is taking the “necessary steps to win in the near future.”

“The team is determined to become a championship contender and will do whatever it takes to get there,” the Spaniard said. “This ambition is appealing to any racing driver. You see all the investment, the new factory, the talent joining the team, and you want to be part of it.

“And then there is the name, Aston Martin. It is, and always will be, an iconic brand in motorsport and the automotive industry. To write the next chapter in the brand’s history and become part of the Aston Martin family makes me very proud.”