Lance Stroll sets sights on Djokovic and Alcaraz: Discusses F1 retirement and trying tennis
At the age of 24, and despite his dad owning Aston Martin, Lance Stroll is reportedly considering retirement from Formula 1.
The rumour came from Ben Anderson on The Race podcast, who revealed that the Canadian is contemplating leaving the wheel to try his hand at professional tennis.
The journalist and former editor of GP Racing magazine, released the information, claiming that the ‘culprit’ is Fernando Alonso.
“He’s too far behind his teammate at Aston Martin but, in reality, he’s probably only leaving the team voluntarily because he has an automatically renewable contract thanks to his father,” he said.
In light of this, Lance Stroll could switch sports and take up a racket: “There are some reports that he is considering a switch to professional tennis, so if he leaves Aston Martin, that would open up a place to take his seat,” Ben Anderson stressed.
Who would be Lance Stroll’s replacement at Aston Martin?
As for the candidates on the British team’s shortlist, they would be graduates of Red Bull’s driver academy.
“If that’s the case, in theory the seat would be vacant for the 2024 or 2025 season, and there are some who are ahead in the queue like Daniel Ricciardo, and behind him would be Alex Albon or Yuki Tsunoda, who are drivers who have a close relationship with Honda, who will be supplying Aston Martin’s engines from 2026 onwards.
“But the team wouldn’t be closed to other options either, such as Oscar Piastri, who is making a big impression as a rookie; and after his McLaren contract is up, he’s certainly someone you’d like to listen to and talk to.”
Lance Stroll has been a disappointment in the 2023 F1 season
After 12 races, the Canadian continues to underperform at Aston Martin compared to teammate Fernando Alonso.
While the Spaniard has six podium finishes, Lance Stroll’s best result has been fourth, and he is 102 points behind his teammate.
In addition, the 24-year-old driver has been constantly questioned in his six seasons in Formula 1, and questions are being asked about whether he is in the top category thanks to his dad, rather than his talent.
As such, Lance Stroll would prefer to take the pressure off himself, so there could be a possibility of an F1 retirement, and a career in professional tennis.