Canada can boast of being one of the few nations to have two regular Formula One drivers.
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If Lance Stroll is in his fourth appearance at the Canadian Grand Prix, his compatriot Nicholas Latifi will experience his first outing on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, although he took part in two free practice sessions on Friday morning 2018 (with Force India) and 2019 (with Williams).
The two recently met in Miami did not hide their desire to reunite with their audience, hoping to redeem a disappointing start to the season to say the least.
His first points
Stroll has good and bad memories of his career in Montreal.
It was here that he scored the first two points of his Formula 1 career when he finished ninth at his Williams as a debutant in 2017.
Two weeks later, in Azerbaijan, he took the podium for the first time after finishing third on the streets of Baku.
“The wait was long”
In Montreal in 2018, Stroll did not complete a lap after a spectacular collision with New Zealander Brendon Hartley, who fortunately did not cause any injuries.
Spectators gathered in the grandstand named after the quebec and set up a few laps beyond the track they have never seen their favorite rider pass by!
“After two years out, I’m thrilled to be able to run home again,” Stroll told The Register. The wait was long. This is a rare opportunity for me to see family and friends again. I will stay in Quebec for a few days after the race before returning to Europe.
“In fact, what would F1 be without Montreal? He wondered. Everyone was bored with this magical atmosphere.”
One more motivation
The 23-year-old has only accumulated two points since the start of the season, the result of two tenth places in the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, and Miami.
Last week in Baku, when he was driving out of the top 10, he was forced to retire five laps from the end of the race.
“I don’t feel that pressure, contrary to what you think,” he said. Running in front of my audience is rather an additional source of motivation. It’s like my adrenaline level is even higher. »
In learning mode
Like the other 19 entries on the grid, Stroll is looking forward to seeing how the new cars will perform at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit this weekend.
The Aston Martin team, led by his father Lawrence, has struggled to adapt to this 2022 overhaul.
“We’re still trying to get the most out of our car,” Stroll said. We need to improve the car and I, for my part, need to do more. We are still in learning mode.
“But the season is still long and I hope we will be more competitive in Montreal. The goal is to join some teams in front of us, such as AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo and Alpine. »
The ride is now in its sixth season in the motor discipline. In Montreal, he will compete at 108e Grand Prix of his career. Only Jacques Villeneuve (163) has more outings than him among Canadian drivers in F1 history.
“It’s crazy how time goes by,” he says. But it is far from over. We need to believe in the potential of our organization. We are building for the future with new facilities [érigées à proximité du mythique circuit de Silverstone, en Angleterre] and a skilled and above all very dedicated workforce. »
Stroll hopes to improve his qualifying period in Montreal. His best result was only a 16e place on the starting grid in 2018.
Passeig de Llança in Montreal
- Requirements: 17e
- Trace: 9e
- Skills: 16e
- Race: Abandonment
- Requirements: 17e
- Trace: 9e