Lance Stroll may only be 18 years of age, but the young Canadian is making waves for a few big reasons. The son of billionaire investor, Lawrence Stroll, Lance has seen exotic cars his entire life. His father is a noted collector of vintage Ferraris, so it only makes sense that his son has fallen in love with racing. Now, that love has transitioned into a legitimate career.
Next year, Lance will be a part of Williams Racing, replacing retired member, Felipe Massa. Not only will Stroll be one of the youngest additions to F1 sport, but he'll also be the first Canadian to do so in a decade. The last time the nation had a representative, was in 2006 - that driver was Jacques Villeneuve, who is also a former member of Williams.
Lance was born in Montreal, and the prodigy dominated the lower tier leagues to move up to Formula 1. In an official announcement, the teen joked that it felt like like a normal day. Make no mistake, however, the kid can race. Stroll told reporters how much the honour means to him. “Racing in F1 was something I dreamt about as a young kid. When I began karting seriously, F1 was then the ultimate goal and especially when I started racing cars in 2014.”
Lance will begin racing in the big league, when it gets underway next season. Not too bad for a kid who just turned 18. You can see some reactions to the news, via Twitter.