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Spotlight on Rising F1 Drivers in Montréal

May 24, 2019

In collaboration with Degree

Montréal will be living life in the fast lane from June 7 to 9, 2019. Both tourists and local car racing enthusiasts alike will be taking advantage of the celebrations and activities held during the Montreal Grand Prix. While racing stars Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will be showing off their driving chops, up-and-comers in the racing world will also be turning heads on Ile Notre-Dame.

A local sensation and one of the youngest F1 drivers to be vying for the title, Montrealer Lance Stroll will be trying to make his mark on the Gilles-Villeneuve racetrack. After several wins in the lower circuits, Stroll made a marked entrance in motor sports by becoming the second-youngest driver to compete in a Grand Prix.

Lance Stroll had a difficult rookie year, in a Williams car that refused to cooperate. His third season put him behind the wheel of a Racing Point, in a team now owned by his father, Lawrence Stroll. From his very first Grand Prix races, his talent shone, carrying him to the top 10. The championship will be an exciting one for the Quebec pilot.

Barely 21, British driver George Russell has raised hopes in the Williams racing team. Russell had a tendency to win everything when he was young, both in GP3 and Formula 2. He grew up admiring the skills of the Williams drivers before joining the British team himself.

Hired with great pomp by Williams as a long-term driver, George Russel will be coached by veteran driver Robert Kubica during his rookie year. Well-respected on the circuit, Kubica is back after a long absence and will attempt to prove that he’s still among the quickest on the track. As someone who excels under pressure, will Georges Russell channel his mentor’s ambition to prove his worth in the F1?

This cadre of rising stars would not be complete without Charles Leclerc, who is already making a name for himself in the legendary Ferrari team. Born in Monaco, a place with great meaning for the F1, Leclerc is on his way to an impressive career. His adversaries–Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, no less–have publicly praised his talents.

In his second season, Charles Leclerc was snapped up by Ferrari, a rare feat at such a young age. He has already accumulated significant points, giving him a pole position before the Montréal public, which is still animated by Gilles Villeneuve’s long-ago exploits with Ferrari.

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By: Samuel Auger

Photos: Formula1


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