Lance Stroll Becomes World F4’s First F1 Graduate

2014 Italian Formula 4 Champion Lance Stroll has been confirmed to race with Williams in the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, making him FIA Formula 4’s first Formula One graduate.

Since beginning his karting career in 2008, Stroll has gone on to secure the 2014 Italian Formula 4 Championship title and 2015 Toyota Racing Series title in New Zealand, with numerous wins to his name.

The Canadian teen was also the world’s first FIA Formula 4 Champion in the 2014 Italian Championship with renowned European squad Prema.

“2017 is going to be a big learning curve for me, but I’m eager to absorb everything Williams can share with me so that I improve,” Stroll said.

“I’ll be taking things on a race-by-race, lap-by-lap basis and hopefully progress with experience like I did when I entered Formula 4 and then Formula 3.”

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Stroll later progressed through the Williams Young Driver Programme alongside clinching the 2016 European Formula 3 title in dominant style with 14 race wins and 17 front-row starts, 14 from pole position. At the age of just 18, he has already proved he is a talent to watch in the future.

“I believe contesting the FIA European Formula 3 Championship for the past two years has prepared me well for the step up,” Stroll said.

“There are many elements for me to learn and I’m still young. I’ve been experiencing a 2014-spec Williams FW36 since August, which has gone very well. The power is incredible. I’m learning about the car, the incredible downforce, DRS and tyre management, finding a rhythm and finding the limit. I’m becoming more comfortable and confident with each run.

“I’ve enjoyed success in karting, F4, Toyota Racing Series and most recently F3 – winning every category I’ve competed in – so I believe I have earned a shot in F1. I’m very thankful to everyone who has helped me to reach this level.”