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"Was it up to him?" Lance Stroll's dedication to F1 under scrutiny

Jacques Villeneuve has raised doubts about Lance Stroll's dedication to Formula 1.

Lance Stroll’s dedication and enthusiasm for Formula 1 have been called into question by his compatriot Jacques Villeneuve.

Although Aston Martin has not officially announced it, Stroll is anticipated to continue racing with the team alongside Fernando Alonso for the 2025 season.

Stroll has had a stronger beginning to the year, especially in qualifying sessions, with the current score between the two Aston Martin drivers tied at 4-4.

Throughout portions of last year, there were widespread rumors that Stroll was contemplating his future in Formula 1 and possibly thinking about exiting the sport entirely.

Lance Stroll finds himself in an unusual situation as his father, Lawrence Stroll, is the owner of the team he races for.

In summary, Stroll faces minimal pressure to deliver strong performances, but Villeneuve has raised doubts about whether he would be permitted to leave entirely if he chose to.

This isn't the first occasion that the 1997 Formula 1 world champion has expressed criticism of Stroll.

While covering the Canadian GP for Sky, Villeneuve questioned Stroll's motivations: “Was becoming a race car driver ever his own choice? Did he genuinely want this career, or was it his father’s ambition?”

The father has always had a strong enthusiasm for racing.

"Back when I was involved in Indy Car racing, I knew him. He always had the aspiration to be a racer, but since he couldn't pursue it, he's now living out his dream through other means."

"Was his son truly given an option?"

“I’m picturing Lance telling his father, ‘I don’t really want to race,’ and I can’t quite predict how that conversation would turn out.”

On Thursday, Stroll responded to his critics before his home race.

The ex-Williams and Racing Point racer stood by his F1 achievements, highlighting his recent impressive performances compared to Alonso.

Stroll commented, "When I consider our current pace and speed, as I mentioned, we're tied 4-4 in qualifying. People say he's extremely skilled, but I've outperformed him in the last few weekends, so interpret that as you wish."

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