Lance Stroll, not Max Verstappen, is System 1’s true ‘team-mate killer’

Being Max Verstappen’s team-mate, it has been mentioned, is the poisoned chalice in System 1.

However is there a fair much less beneficial colleague to have on the opposite aspect of the storage in Lance Stroll?

Proof would recommend so.

Verstappen, in fact, has seen off Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo from the whole Crimson Bull fold, whereas Pierre Gasly lasted solely half a season alongside him and Alex Albon was dropped from his race seat on the finish of 2020.

Sergio Perez is making a greater fist of it to this point, though the Mexican’s current outcomes are a contact worrying.

Nonetheless, at the very least all of these 5 drivers are nonetheless on the grid. Come the tip of 2022, solely one among Stroll’s 4 team-mates since he made his debut in 2017 – the sturdy Perez – will stay lively in System 1.

Here’s what occurred to the Canadian’s team-mates.

Felipe Massa – retired

Stroll arrived in F1 in 2017 having received the FIA European System 3 Championship the earlier 12 months, being discovered a possibility with the Williams workforce.

He was partnered by a person on the reverse finish of the expertise spectrum in Massa, whose F1 profession had begun in 2002 – when Stroll was solely three years previous!

In equity, Massa thought he had retired on the finish of 2016, however was introduced again by Williams when Valtteri Bottas moved to Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s sudden departure from the game as World Champion.

The Brazilian outscored Stroll by 43 factors to 40 – though the rookie achieved the workforce’s solely podium end of the season in Baku – earlier than making his remaining farewell.

Felipe Massa walking next to Daniel Ricciardo. Monaco, May 2022.

Sergey Sirotkin – dropped

Stroll stayed on at Williams as Massa was changed for 2018 by Sirotkin, beforehand a Sauber and Renault check driver who had twice completed third within the GP2 Sequence.

The Muscovite’s F1 racing profession lasted just one season and he collected only a solitary level, on the Italian Grand Prix.

It was a 12 months when Williams’ fortunes nosedived however Stroll was nonetheless their stronger driver, scoring six of their seven factors – earlier than he too moved on…

Sergio Perez – dropped

Subsequent vacation spot for Stroll was Racing Level following the workforce’s buy by his father, Lawrence.

Perez finally went on to larger and higher issues, however not earlier than the Stroll team-mate ‘curse’ had struck once more – for the Mexican had been instructed in September 2020 that he wouldn’t be saved on the next 12 months.

The 2020 season was comfortably Stroll’s greatest with two podium finishes, a pole place and a career-best eleventh place within the Drivers’ standings – whereas Perez received the Sakhir Grand Prix, by which the Montreal-born racer completed third, to assist guarantee he landed on his ft by becoming a member of Crimson Bull.

Lance Stroll alongside Sergio Perez at the Qatar GP. Lusail November 2021.

Sebastian Vettel – retiring

Perez’s exit had been facilitated to make room for Vettel, who was leaving Ferrari.

With Racing Level morphing into Aston Martin for 2021, the German was meant to be the person to start out lifting the workforce in the direction of their grand ambition of successful the World Championship.

Nonetheless, that concentrate on nonetheless seems a really good distance off with Aston Martin at present ninth of 10 within the Constructors’ standings.

Now not an element for race wins and with a younger household at dwelling, Vettel has determined to name time on his profession on the finish of 2022 – leaving Stroll awaiting his fifth team-mate in seven seasons, confirmed as Fernando Alonso.

With the Spaniard already 41, it’s inevitably solely a matter of time earlier than he heads in the direction of the exit like Massa, Sirotkin and Vettel.

The query is how profitable he can be earlier than that occurs – try our view on what the long run holds for Alonso alongside the ‘grim reaper’ that’s Stroll.



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