Wolff in the breach for Stroll: “He suffers from the stigma of rich kid son”


Toto Wolff has come to the rescue for Lance Stroll and other pay-drivers such as Nicholas Latifi and Nikita Mazepin. According to the Mercedes team boss, these drivers suffer greatly from the stigma of ‘rich boys.’

Lance Stroll made his debut with the Williams team in 2017, after his father, Lawrence Stroll, injected a hefty money injection into the ailing formation. Two seasons later Stroll junior left for Racing Point, after father Lawrence took over the former Force India. The young Canadian has since been regularly involved in a number of curious incidents, after which it is often quickly said that he is driving in Formula 1 because of his father’s money.

Toto Wolff disagrees. The Mercedes team boss has spoken out about the stigmas surrounding pay-drivers (drivers who pay for their seats): “Let’s take Lance as an example. I’m not biased because I agree, but Formula 1 should should be a reflection of society. Lance won the Italian Formula 4 Championship, won the European Formula 3 Championship, was on the podium twice [Baku 2019 en Monza 2020, red.] and qualified in the front row in the rain at Monza, “said the opposite Sky.

Lance Stroll

The Austrian continues: “Surely we cannot say that he is not here on merit, but because his father is a millionaire? He suffers from that stigma. That is not good. What can Lance do about his father being very successful? I think it’s actually quite impressive that a child from such an environment chooses one of the most competitive sports in the world. As far as I’m concerned, there is no discussion. ”

The same goes for Nicholas Latifi and Nikita Mazepin, according to Wolff. Latifi is currently driving as a pay-driver at Williams and Mazepin will be versatile paired with Haas for the coming season: “Both have won races in Formula 2. Let’s not discredit Nicholas and Nikita before we expand them in Formula 1. have seen, “said the Austrian.

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