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Old 3 Nov 2016, 14:48 (Ref:3685035)   #16
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Autosport makes a pretty compelling case for Stroll being the right choice. Come on, chaps, he's a dominant European F3 champion. Stepping up to the midfield of F1 isn't such a stretch. Anyone remember where Kimi came from?
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Old 3 Nov 2016, 14:57 (Ref:3685038)   #17
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Anyone remember where Kimi came from?
Kimi came from British Formula Renault UK 2000, after he was crowned Champion there.
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Old 3 Nov 2016, 14:57 (Ref:3685039)   #18
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BTW, I consider Stroll management very similar to the one done to Nelsihno Piquet. I'm tempted to name him "Canadian Nelsinho".
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Old 3 Nov 2016, 14:59 (Ref:3685040)   #19
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Quite fraknkly all the other ones they wanted are not available so they decided to take a gamble on Stroll and I think it's one worth taking IMHO
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Old 3 Nov 2016, 15:16 (Ref:3685052)   #20
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stroll's not a gamble, they've been invested in him for several years. they've watched him progress and decided that he's worth investing in to get the investment out. force india haven't put mazepin in yet and they've got similar levels of experience, if you catch my drift.

people seem to assume there's one type of rich driver who has one type of ability. they aren't all max chilton or will stevens.
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Old 3 Nov 2016, 15:46 (Ref:3685059)   #21
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stroll's not a gamble, they've been invested in him for several years. they've watched him progress and decided that he's worth investing in to get the investment out. force india haven't put mazepin in yet and they've got similar levels of experience, if you catch my drift.

people seem to assume there's one type of rich driver who has one type of ability. they aren't all max chilton or will stevens.
Stroll is without doubt very talented driver and has romped to this years Euro F3 title in dominating fashion......but lets talk about the elephant in the room shall we!.......his father is worth 2.4 Billion Dollars and owns the Michael Koors and Tommy Hilfiger fashion brands.........on that basis I'm sure the only investment was from his father to the Williams teams bank account......Stroll is paying for his drive without a shadow of a doubt, say 10 million per year from his father is like losing some change down the sofa, I can also imagine some fashion brands will start to appear on the Williams FW40 next year, as fashion sponsors rubbing shoulders with an iconic brand like Martini will be perceived as quite cool by his father I'm sure.

Best of luck to him, will be interesting to see how he gets on.
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Old 3 Nov 2016, 16:07 (Ref:3685065)   #22
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if there has to be pay drivers, then i guess i would rather see a driver's family pay the bills then a state run company using their own citizens money to fund a driver for example.

much bigger elephant for me was where Maldonado's money came from to be honest.

im going to wait and see what he does before i pass judgement on his right to be on the grid...might even be the boost Bottas needs to start his career moving forward again.
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Old 3 Nov 2016, 16:43 (Ref:3685070)   #23
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I dont expect Stroll will find it too hard, he will probably have done more hours in the simulator than any one.
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if there has to be pay drivers, then i guess i would rather see a driver's family pay the bills then a state run company using their own citizens money to fund a driver for example.

much bigger elephant for me was where Maldonado's money came from to be honest.

im going to wait and see what he does before i pass judgement on his right to be on the grid...might even be the boost Bottas needs to start his career moving forward again.
Nah, Maldonados money was from ocean drilled oil, when it was at $150 a barrel.....then the saudis dropped their price below $50 a barrel and the PDVSA oil did the same as scottish drilled oil......it became worthless overnight, its just not financially viable to drill oil with a ocean located oil rig at $50 a barrel......yes Lawrence stroll is a true petrol head, he owns a huge collection of Ferrari's and a Canadian race circuit.......not bad I must say.......also I will correct my prediction of 10 million dollars per year to about 30 million dollars......Lawrence Stroll is on par with Bernies type of wealth and has money to burn, he could probably afford to buy Williams outright and not break a bead of sweat.
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Kimi came from British Formula Renault UK 2000, after he was crowned Champion there.
That was rather my point. He turned out all right.
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Old 3 Nov 2016, 18:30 (Ref:3685099)   #26
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I have to be honest, i'm not a huge fan of young master Stroll, i am sure he will rack up the points for Williams next year, just as Max Chilton or Will Stevens would have if they had got a drive there. Money coming in for Williams can only be a good thing, he may well give Bottas the nudge he needs which is also a good thing, is Lance the next big thing or a new Max, absolutely not!
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Old 3 Nov 2016, 22:20 (Ref:3685139)   #27
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I don't like F3 drivers jumping straight to F1. Anything less will seem a side move, rather than a step up.
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Old 4 Nov 2016, 07:31 (Ref:3685267)   #28
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I dont expect Stroll will find it too hard, he will probably have done more hours in the simulator than any one.
Don't forget that Stroll snr is paying Williams millions to run Lance in a 3 year old F1 car at a large number of circuits this year to get F1 car experience, so in many ways he will be the best prepared driver in recent times.
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I don't like F3 drivers jumping straight to F1. Anything less will seem a side move, rather than a step up.
I think all the drivers should come from F3 and they should do away with the myriad of junk formulae between F3 and F1. At worst it should be F3, F2 (F5000 would be good here) and F1.

Better to go back to old style tube frame FF style cars with various engines, followed by F3 and then F1, done.

All the current mess does is make it impossible for cars and drivers to contend more than one championship, and impossible to compare talents.
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I seem to recall a similar outcry against Max Verstappen but he appears to have made the grade.
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