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Growing up fast, Stroll scores first points

13 Juin 2017

"It is one of the worst rookie performances in the history of Formula 1", Villeneuve charged.

The Canadian had the financial backing of his father, Lawrence, who made his $2.4 billion (£1.8 billion) fortune investing in fashion labels such as Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors.

"It is special", said Stroll. He collects Ferraris and owns his own race track in Quebec, and has... His previous best finish was 11th in Russian Federation.

Sebastian Vettel, who started alongside Hamilton from the front row, became collateral damage of the Dutchman's sizzling start, losing part of his front wing when Verstappen's Red Bull Racing vehicle chopped across his bow to take the corner.

Teenage rookie Lance Stroll beamed with satisfaction and delight on Sunday after claiming his first points in Formula One by finishing ninth for Williams in his home Canadian Grand Prix. "People who do not like me will always find excuses".

He achieved just that, praising his Mercedes team for responding to a crushing defeat in Monte Carlo in a manner that put him firmly back into contention.

Overtaking Ricciardo was however asking for too much and the Australian finished third.

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"And one thing is clear: Vettel needs to retire at least once, otherwise it's over". Last year, his Spanish Grand Prix victory made him F1's youngest race victor. On the next lap, the Canadian passed Fernando Alonso down the outside.

In F1, the real measure of any driver's performance is his teammate, and in that area Stroll hasn't fared well.

"It's a shame to finish the race like that, especially when the vehicle has been so competitive all weekend and we could have scored a good amount of points". Massa has four top-10 finishes and 20 championship points to Stroll's zero on both accounts.

Sergio Perez, of Force India, said he believes the theory that racing at home is worth two-tenths of a second — as long as the driver is able to channel the extra energy to focus on preparation and racing. As a kid I thought maybe, one day, I can get to Formula One and emulate Ayrton. We've known we're capable of doing it, there's just been so much stuff in the way to get points, you know, contact, technical issues.

Unfortunately, Stroll faces another hurdle as tries to silence his detractors: The highly influential and often ruthlessly critical F1 media seem to have already written him off.

"I know he's had such a hard season", said Hamilton, who gave the youngster a wave when Stroll was about to be lapped and let him past without fuss.

"I think Lance is a pretty determined young character".