F1 | Lawrence Stroll could try and sign Lewis Hamilton post-2021
The Aston Martin owner, in an interview to Press Association, talked about his long term plans for the team, including the possibility of signing reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, the upcoming season and the budget cap.
Lawrence Stroll aims for the stars, and the Aston Martin team will definitely be one to look out for! The Canadian billionaire, who brought back the British manufacturer after a 61 years long gap onto the F1 grid, definitely has high expectations for the approaching season.
The British team has signed the four times world champion Sebastian Vettel, who will have to recover from an underwhelming final year with Ferrari, scoring only one podium and a personal overall 13th place. Stroll is confident that the German driver will provide not only with good performances, but with all the knowledge he gained in 13 seasons on track, as he stated during an interview to PA: “He is unbelievably motivated to be a part of Aston Martin returning to Formula One. You don’t become a four-time world champion and then forget how to drive. There were factors on his mind last year but I don’t have one hesitation that he will be as quick as ever.”
Vettel will partner with confirmed Racing Point driver Lance Stroll, Lawrence's son, who ended last season on a high note scoring two podiums and a pole position under the Istanbul rain. Stroll believes in Lance's abilities, despite the criticism that surrounded the young Canadian when the news of Perez's sack was released:“Do I think Lance is talented? I think he is immensely talented. I have no doubt he has demonstrated that he has world championship blood in him."
But Stroll also thinks about the future of the team, with Lance's contract expiring at the end of the year, as well as many other drivers', including seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton, who recently signed a one-year deal with Mercedes. The appeal of building a "dream" lineup, with a combined number of 11 world championships and almost 150 victories, is huge, and the ambitious Canadian isn't the kind of businessman to shy away from it: “Lewis in any car is great, and I am sure everyone would say yes because he is a seven-time world champion, but right now, I am extremely focused on getting started this year.”
Another key factor in the upcoming years will be the budget cap, set for the 2021 season to 114 million euros and that will progressively be lowered, with top teams like Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari who, in previous years, had budgets around 300 million euros, forced to cut costs and personnel.
Stroll said that the budget cap will "dramatically" change the sport and, realistically, level the gap between top-spending teams and the rest of the grid: “This team has punched above its weight with significantly less resources, and I sincerely believe with the same amount of people and the same budget, there is no reason why world championships are not very much on the cards. It is very realistic to think that.”