Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll has revealed that as a toddler, he seen his 2023 F1 team-mate Fernando Alonso because the “dangerous man”.
Stroll stated he noticed Alonso as being “like a foul man within the films” when he watched the Spaniard’s title battles within the mid-2000s.
The 23-year-old Canadian was simply seven years outdated when Alonso received his first Drivers’ Championship in 2005, beating McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Alonso then embarking on a season-long battle with Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher to clinch his second title in 2006.
It was throughout this time that Stroll seen Alonso because the ‘villain of the story’, because the then-Renault driver denied Schumacher a record-breaking eighth World Championship.
Alonso and Stroll are set to group up subsequent 12 months at Aston Martin, owned by Lance’s father Lawrence, with the two-time former World Champion taking the seat vacated by the retiring Sebastian Vettel.
There’s fairly a big age distinction – Stroll continues to be one of many youngest drivers on the grid, with Alonso the eldest at 41 years outdated.
Having spent his childhood watching Alonso go toe to toe together with his hero, Stroll laughed on the prospect that he will likely be team-mates with the ‘dangerous man’ from that point.
“I watched [Fernando] on TV in 2004, 2005, 2006 – when he received his titles and was preventing towards [Michael] Schumacher,” Stroll advised the French subsidiary of Motorsport.com.
“I used to be a fan of Schumacher. [Alonso] was the dangerous man in my eyes! I used to be six years outdated and he was the dangerous man, like within the films. However he was at all times super-exciting to observe. And he nonetheless is. He’s among the finest drivers. He’s nonetheless very vigorous at round 42 years outdated (Alonso will likely be 42 subsequent July).”
Lance Stroll remembers assembly Fernando Alonso for the primary time
As a young person, Stroll was a part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and overlapped with Alonso when the Spaniard drove for the Scuderia between 2010 and 2014.
This meant that as a junior karter and within the decrease rungs of system racing, Stroll had the possibility to satisfy Alonso – the primary time being when he was simply 11 years outdated.
“I don’t assume there have been a variety of phrases popping out of my mouth!” Stroll laughed.
“I used to be in all probability relatively flabbergasted by the expertise.”
With the data of them being team-mates in 2023, Stroll remarked he could have given Alonso the heads-up: “It’s doable that I warned him, sure!”
Learn Extra: The ten drivers preventing for the remaining spots on the F1 2023 grid