Home F1 drivers Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi have endured a torrid weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix so far.
The pair struggled to get the grips with the wet conditions in qualifying and will line up near the back of the grid in Montreal, with Aston Martin’s Stroll 17th and Latifi of Williams in 18th. The two cars immediately behind them, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri, are only starting at the back after taking engine penalties.
Both Canadians are having difficult seasons which have seen them struggle to keep pace with their teammates and have far too many crashes. Their respective fortunes has raised questions over their presence at the sport’s top table, which they essentially owe to their super-rich fathers.
Lawrence Stroll owns the Aston Martin team while Michael Latifi is a major sponsor of Williams. The place of Latifi junior is looking increasingly precarious, with Alpine reserve driver Oscar Piastri being heavily linked with his seat for 2023. It has been suggested that Latifi could even be replaced during the current season.
While Stroll’s seat looks safe, it has been suggested that Lawrence may soon have a big decision to make in the interests of the team if his son’s poor form continues. And plenty of fans on social media feel that the pair do not warrant their places on the grid.
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On Facebook, one fan wrote: “There has to be more deserving drivers than rich daddies boys” while another posted: “I’m impressed neither was last.”
A third said: “Neither of these chequebook drivers deserve a place in F1.” The pair don’t even seem to have a great deal of support from their countrymen, with one F1 fan posting: “As a Canadian fan of F1 all I can say is “Shameful!”
Another summed up the mood of many fans, saying: “Well, well, what a surprise. Money doesn't buy you talent you know, only a seat” while another added sombrely: “Gilles Villeneuve must be rolling in his grave to think these two numbnuts are the best Canada can produce to carry on the baton!”
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