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Stroll's F1 Future Uncertain as Alonso Secures Deal

Aston Martin’s Stroll Faces Doubt Amid Contract Talks

08/06/2024

Lance Stroll’s F1 continuity hangs in the balance, contrasting sharply with teammate Fernando Alonso’s secure future at Aston Martin.

While his teammate Fernando Alonso has secured a contract extension for 2025 and 2026, little is known about the 25-year-old Stroll’s contract. Stroll, the often-criticised son of team owner Lawrence Stroll, remained non-committal about 2025 when quizzed during Thursday’s drivers’ press conference in Montreal. Team boss Mike Krack mirrored this evasiveness.

Asked why an announcement of Stroll’s renewal wasn’t being made in his home country, Canada, Krack responded, “Who knows? The weekend isn’t over yet!”

“We are in a good position regarding our second driver. We know that Aston Martin is Lance’s home,” he added.

“He prefers to focus on the Grand Prix here. There’s enough going on already. I think we’ll be able to communicate something soon.”

1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has openly questioned his fellow Canadian’s commitment.

“Did he really want to become a racing driver, or was it his father’s dream?” Villeneuve pondered.

However, Stroll addressed these doubts, acknowledging the constant scrutiny and criticism of his career.

“That’s part of the issue. That’s how my career has been. Fernando is a double world champion, and people see him as a top driver. Yet I’m at his level this year, as I’ve said. But there’s still questioning of my motivation or ambition. So I just let it go; it doesn’t affect me anymore.”

When asked if he was open to the idea of transferring to a team not owned by his billionaire father, Stroll flatly denied, “No, not really.”

“We’re on an upward trajectory, and it’s a super exciting project as Aston Martin. I’m far more excited to be part of this journey than just joining another team and saying I could drive elsewhere.”

Amidst rumours that Yuki Tsunoda, backed by Honda, could replace him if Aston Martin is willing to pay Red Bull a $5 million buyout fee, Stroll affirmed that staying as Alonso’s teammate in 2025 is currently “the plan.”

“We’re very early in the days with things to decide for next year, but I am very determined to be here. Sorry Yuki!”

Stroll's F1 Future Uncertain as Alonso Secures Deal

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