Is he the next Gilles Villeneuve?
Ferrari has announced the signing of 11-year-old Canadian-born karter Lance Stroll as the latest member of its Driver Academy programme.
The announcement was optimally timed to coincide with this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, with the now-youngest member of the academy lauded for his achievements in karting.
Lance’s background in karting is certainly prestigious. He has achieved two wins in the Canadian National Championship, Rotax Mini Max category, the Coupe de Montreal and Coupe du Quebec Micro Max Championship in 2008. He also won both Mini Max Championships last year.
Further wins in the Tag/Cadet Florida Winter Tour saw him nominated as the 2008 Rookie of the Year and winner of the 2009 Driver of the Year from the Automobile Association of Quebec.
The head of Ferrari’s Driving Academy programme, Luca Baldiserri, was particularly pleased with their latest signing.
“We are pleased to welcome Lance to our group. He is very young but he has already shown in karting that he is exceptionally talented. We will follow him step by step in his forthcoming events in North America and he will soon also take part in our courses at Maranello.”