After a successful year in Italian Formula 4, Lance Stroll is now gearing up for his next step: the debut in the FIA Formula 3
After his dominant title win in last year’s Italian Formula 4 series, Lance Stroll is now gearing up for his next step: the debut in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The 16-year-old Canadian signed a contract with the Prema Powerteam, the outfit that won the teams’ title in last season’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship for the second year in a row and, with Frenchman Esteban Ocon, also ran the European champion and the best rookie of the year.
For Lance Stroll, 2014 was his maiden season in single-seater racing and he made his mark straight away behind the wheel of a Formula 4 race car ran by Prema Powerteam, winning the title in the Italian Formula 4 series even before the season finale. “After such a successful year, his graduation into the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is the logical next step,” Prema Powerteam’s team manager René Rosin says. “For us, it was clear that we want to keep him on board for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship as well.”
Stroll, who has been a protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy since his days in karting, will be making his debut in the world’s strongest junior race series at Silverstone on the second weekend of April. “I am very optimistic that he will do well there,” Rosin comments. “In pre-season testing so far, he has shown a convincing performance. A very positive aspect for him is his ability to listen and to make use of the instructions and comments on the track. I am already looking forward to the season opener at Silverstone.”
Next to rookie driver Stroll, the Prema Powerteam, that intends to run a total of four Dallara-Mercedes cars, already signed British driver Jake Dennis in November.