Lawrence Stroll often comes across as a wealthy businessman with massive ambitions. Since taking over the formerly named Force India F1 team midway through 2018, he influenced massive changes in the outfit.
They enjoyed one of their most successful seasons last year, as they came close to finishing third in the constructor’s championship. Although they are struggling this season under the Aston Martin name, Stroll continues to have huge dreams as the 2022 season ushers in a new era of F1.
In recent times, their rise drew comparisons with that of Red Bull, who took over Jaguar Racing in 2004. During a recent appearance, Stroll spoke about these comparisons, while mentioning Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey.
Lawrence Stroll heaps praise on Adrian Newey
Red Bull’s dominance from 2010 to 2013 often finds itself attributed to the designing skills of Newey. Although they didn’t taste as much success in the hybrid era, they look a much stronger outfit this season. With six races to go, they could end Mercedes’ seven-year dominance should they keep it together.
Recently, Stroll appeared on the Beyond the Grid podcast where he spoke about the similarities between his team and the Austrian outfit. He said, “I think Red Bull took a small team and made a great, big team out of it. In that comparison, a similarity is there, that’s exactly what we’re doing.”
LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – Owner of Racing Point Lawrence Stroll and Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point walks in the Paddock before final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
He then moved on to the team’s new management acquisitions, while complimenting Newey. “I think Adrian’s a unicorn. He’s very special, maybe exists once! But, I guess you followed recently, in the last several months all the announcements we’ve made of the top executives, senior management we’ve hired in the industry.
“One of them happens to be Dan Fallows, who was a chief aerodynamicist working for 12 years under Adrian. So, maybe if we don’t have Adrian, we have Dan!”
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Stroll: The key aspect is teamwork
Although Stroll missed out on having Newey join his team, he emphasized on the importance of teamwork.
“But, I believe it’s not about one person. It’s about teamwork. It’s going to be about 700 people, and I’m sure if Adrian was sitting here, he’d say the same thing. I can’t speak for him, but for us, it’s going to be about 700 people.”
While Aston Martin are still a few steps behind Red Bull, 2022 wipes the slate clean. Could we see the Silverstone-based outfit achieve immense success with new faces in management?
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