Stroll’s future at Aston Martin questionable amid Gasly speculation
Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert thinks it’s time for hard questions to be asked of Lance Stroll at Aston Martin.
Johnny Herbert has said that Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll is likely to have a hard conversation with his son Lance, if the Canadian driver isn’t able to find form fast enough.
Stroll has scored two points in 2022, courtesy of two 10th place finishes at the Emilia Romagna and Miami Grands Prix, but he has paled beside Sebastian Vettel in his recent races as the four-time World Champion has found form.
At last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Vettel raced to sixth place, which might have been fifth had he not made a folly at Turn 3 midway through the race, while Stroll failed to trouble the points scorers before a late-race retirement – his tough race coming after crashing twice in quick continuance during Q1.
Given Aston Martin’s present situation, in which the former Racing Point team find themselves in ninth place in the Constructors’ Championship after eight races, Herbert thinks it may be time for Stroll to make a tough call and replace his son to maximise the team’s opportunities.
“Lance has had a bit of a difficult time of late,” the former F1 driver turned broadcaster said on the F1 Nation podcast.
“I sometimes think there is a certain time that, if it doesn’t quite happen, Lawrence has got to go ‘son, I’ve given you a chance. It isn’t quite working out. And I’ve got to do what’s right for the team’.
“I think there will be a point that’s going to happen.
“I don’t exactly know when that will be, but it’s down to Lance actually to do the job that he needs to do and consistently do that job. At the moment, it’s a little bit scrappy.”