The social media realm has recently been abuzz with speculation that Aston Martin‘s Lance Stroll, currently battling inconsistency in his performance, could potentially switch his focus from Formula 1 racing. Sky F1 commentator David Croft appears to be the original source of the rumors, which have nonetheless been challenged by Stroll.
Despite the 24-year-old Stroll experiencing difficulty in matching the performance of his Aston Martin team-mate, Fernando Alonso, he was quick to pour cold water on speculation that he might consider tennis as an alternative. Applying humor to his response, Stroll commented, “Well, if I’m going to go on tour, I’d better work on my backhand a little bit, because I don’t think I’m quite at that level yet. I mean, I like to think I’m pretty good. But I don’t know if I’m ready to go up against [Novak] Djokovic and [Carlos] Alcaraz just yet.”
Regarding the origin of the rumor, Stroll seemed puzzled, adding, “It was like Crofty or someone who came up with that. He was having a few beers on the couch [at the] beginning of August, thinking about my tennis game. I don’t know! Gotta ask him. That was an odd one. I don’t know where he came up with that one. It was very creative. But, yeah, I haven’t really thought about it, picking up tennis as a career.”
When F1 Initiative queried whether there was a possibility of him waking up one day and quitting racing altogether, Stroll agreed that the when-to-retire question haunts all racing drivers. However, his focus remains unwavering on his current career for now, with Stroll affirming, “One day we’re all going to wake up and make that decision, I think every driver on this grid. But right now I’m thinking about the race tomorrow. For sure I want to keep racing. It’s what I love to do.”
Stroll is set to start the Dutch GP from the 11th position after missing out on optimal tyre change timings in Q2. He acknowledged, “I think we were just a little bit early on the last set of inters in Q2, when the track was drying up and at its best. We were on our third lap on that tyre, and I could just feel the tyre is getting chewed up by the track drying up, didn’t really get the peak of a tyre at the right time in the session. It’s all about that today. I mean, those are the kinds of things that you’ve got to be spot-on with today. And you know, sometimes you get it right. Just missed it a bit. Changing conditions are always tough. But I was feeling good in the car. I think tomorrow we can have a good race.”