‘Talented Stroll can win with Vettel’s guidance’

Michelle Foster
Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll.jpg

Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll.jpg

Lance Stroll can win a World Championship, that’s according to Eddie Jordan who believes Sebastian Vettel’s arrival at Aston Martin will “spur” him on.

Stroll has a new team-mate this year after his father and team owner Lawrence Stroll paid to put Vettel in the car.

The Canadian billionaire bought out Sergio Perez’s contract, saying farewell to the Mexican driver and signing Vettel as his son’s team-mate.

That, former F1 team owner Jordan believes, will make all the difference in 22-year-old Stroll’s career.

“We were all maybe thinking ‘is that the right thing with Lance [joining the team]?’, and you’d have to say that Lance’s speed is undoubted now,” Jordan, who used to own the Silverstone-based team that is now Aston Martin, told The Race.

“You have to look at him as a driver that sometimes he doesn’t always show his speed as much as he should, or can do.

“He has enormous talent. And he has the speed to be a World Champion, he really, really does.

“But what I would like to see is more consistency. You go to a race and I’m not sure what I’m likely to see from Lance.

“I think Vettel coming can help them to do that. I think that Vettel may spur him on, just like Vettel spurred on Leclerc.

“And it could be that you might find a completely different driver in Lance Stroll this year.”

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Last season Stroll claimed his first-ever Formula 1 pole position but it was a wretched Sunday at the Turkish Grand Prix as car damage meant he finished a disappointing ninth.

He finished the season with two podium finishes, third at Imola and again at the Sakhir race, and 11th in the championship.

His 75 points, though, were some way off Perez’s 125.

Jordan added: “For sure he’s got speed, and I think once a driver has the speed then anything is possible.

“I think he will up his game into something really, really strong, partly because it’s Aston Martin now, partly because he has something to prove against Vettel.”

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