It was a badly guarded secret. Williams will be running Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll in 2017. A mixture of young and old, from experience and debutant. Lance Stroll is not just a novice. The Formula 3 European champion is the son of the Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, who made his money with the fashion companies Pierre Cardin, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Stroll's assets were estimated to be worth 2.4 billion dollars this year by the economic magazine Forbes.
Williams has announced his rider pairing on 3 November. 6 days after the 18th birthday of his new entry. Stroll replaces Max Verstappen as the youngest driver in the field. His road to Formula One sets new standards. The contract with Williams was the most expensive birthday present in the history of motor racing. No racer got better prepared in the royal class.
Lance Stroll drives in his own Formula 3 team
Lawrence Stroll is an Autonar. He owns the former Formula 1 circuit Mont Tremblant, he owns one of the most extensive Ferrari collections in the world. 2 years ago, Stroll had negotiated Sauber with the purchase of the team. You could not agree. Then Stroll senior looked for another way to Formula One for his son.
He bought himself in the best Formula 3 racing team Prema. On top of that. The cars spent many hours in the wind tunnel, the Mercedes engines got special characteristics thanks to a development aid from father Stroll and the experienced team colleague Nick Cassidy should help Stroll junior in the tuning of the Dallara F312. It is rumored that there was a non-attack pact in the Prema team. Team captain Stroll was not supposed to be overtaken by his team colleagues.
Despite all the help, Stroll was the best man in the field of the Formula 3 European Championship. The Canadian won the championship at the age of 17 with 507 to 322 points against his stable rival Maximilian Günther. Stroll was the winner of 14 of the 30 races on the podium, of which the last five times in a row.
Special test program for Lance Stroll
After the superior appearance of the son, Stroll senior decided to omit the GP2 series and take the direct route to Formula One. A big step from 230 to 950 bhp. The cockpit costs $ 35 million. However, this is just part of the investment in the Formula 1 adventure. Stroll paid an extensive test program in a 2 year old Williams.
The Williams FW36 from 2014 is equipped with the first hybrid drive from Mercedes. Thus Lance Stroll has realistic test conditions. Williams is a 20-man test team, Mercedes 5 technicians, just to take care of the engine. Two new 2014 engines were installed in Brixworth for the private tests. Pirelli supplies so-called Academy tires in the mixes hard, medium and soft. They are specially made for tests with old Formula One cars.
Lance Stroll should not only learn the car and the hybrid power, but also the racetracks. The test program, excluding the public, began in Silverstone, followed by Budapest and the Red Bull Ring. On the weekend of the GP USA in Austin Lance Stroll 2 days in Monza his rounds.
On the other test program are Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, Austin, Sochi and possibly Shanghai. "The last novice who came to Formula One with so many test kilometers was Jacques Villeneuve."
Stroll senior, Williams also financed the construction of a new high-tech simulator. This year only the son could use the facility. The software was written for a Formula 3 car. Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa had to settle for the old simulator. Now the simulation programs for the next year Williams FW40 are being adapted.
And what did Lance Stroll's way to the royal class cost? Insiders rumble between 70 and 80 million dollars.
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DjchunKfunK wrote:Bigger engines are never coming back Snowy mate the manufacturers are too invested in hybrid tech which is fair enough as they want to get something out of it that they can use in their road cars. You don't need V10s to make the cars faster anyway.
Agree about the driver aids and run-off areas. I don't mind KERS and DRS needs to stay until they sort out the aero issues otherwise we will be back to no overtaking at all.
DjchunKfunK wrote:Currently the cars produce downforce by pushing air over the top of the car pushing it to the ground and then expels this air over the back of the car producing a lot of turbulence behind the car. This means that if you are sitting behind another car your downforce is significantly reduced, tyre wear is higher and your engine starts to overheat. This means your performance is severely compromised if you try to closely follow another car. It also makes getting close enough to another car to overtake very difficult, you need a significant speed advantage, hence DRS which reduces the drag of the car on the straight and increases the top speed.
There are numerous ways that people have come up with to counter this turbulence issue. Some say that if downforce was created by pushing air under the car then there would be less turbulence coming off the back of the car, others that you should reduce the downforce allowed on cars so that the turbulence is reduced. Right now nobody can really agree on what to do so we have DRS instead which feels very artificial in some cases and doesn't work on all tracks because some tracks don't have long enough straights.
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