Mar.29 - Lawrence Stroll is simply "burning money" with a Formula 1 project that "won't work".

That is the scathing prediction of Colin Kolles, who once ran the Silverstone based team prior to its ownership by the Canadian fashion billionaire.

Now called Aston Martin, the team is languishing on the 2022 grid despite the injection of millions in resources. There are even rumours that Sebastian Vettel only used covid as an excuse to skip Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

"I don't think he wants to drive at all," Kolles told Sport1. "He just doesn't want to do that to himself.

"It's certainly a very daring thesis but I'm sure that he thinks a lot about whether he should still be doing what he's doing."

Kolles thinks Stroll took on Aston Martin as a vanity project to give his son Lance a permanent home in pitlane.

"It won't work," he insisted. "Why? They have a team owner who thinks he is the team leader.

"He knows best about everything and puts his son at the centre with all of his power. That's the completely wrong approach for me," Kolles said.

"If you take a million in any currency and throw it on a fire, the money will burn up just as quickly as it will in Formula 1 if you don't know what you're doing.

"That's what we are seeing at Aston Martin."

He said a clear misstep for Stroll was ordering the team to essentially 'copy' Mercedes' car - until the teams revolted and the rules were tightened.

"The mood in the team is really bad when you take parts from somewhere else. Because then you know that the owner doesn't trust you," said Kolles.

As for the still-absent Vettel, who is nonetheless tipped to return in Australia, he thinks Aston Martin now runs the risk of losing the quadruple world champion.

"Sebastian Vettel is older now, he's earned a lot of money and has a family. He's changed in the mind and now knows exactly what's going on.

"He knows that the fish always stinks from the head," Kolles added. "I see the team going nowhere.

"As long as Mr Whitmarsh is in charge and Mr Stroll doesn't realise that he needs to stay at home, set the budget and let the people who know what they're doing get the people they need to lead the team, it's never going to work."

Ralf Schumacher even goes a step further, arguing that Aston Martin should keep Nico Hulkenberg in the car for Australia rather than reverting to post-covid Vettel.

"There are really only two possibilities," the former F1 driver told Sky Deutschland. "Either Nico has been underestimated for years, or the current regular drivers need to be reconsidered."

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12 F1 Fan comments on “Stroll just 'burning money' in F1 says former team boss

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    Of course Mr. Stroll is burning money. He and his son had a dream, and they're living it. Will they ever be WDC or WCC.....hell no, but they are not doing any particular harm. Rather like the old time privateers, let's go racing and have some fun.

  2. ReallyOldRacer

    Right, Swede, but it seems that the $$$ were earned, not stolen. Why bother growing the tree if you can't enjoy the fruit? Just don't be a moving chicane.

  3. Masks-Don't-Work

    What's with all these woke-cuckolds in and around F1 wearing masks? They don't provide ANY protection from COVID, whatsoever. None. These virtue signaling asswagons have been totally brainwashed and represent the weakest generation of human beings to have ever existed.

  4. Tim

    Back to Lance Stroll.
    To be fair, he’s turned out to be a
    worthy F1 pilot. There’s been other lucky kids
    In the F-1 past who’s family bought them
    an F1 seat and they were slow, dangerous and
    had no respect for the sport.
    We know Lance will never be a Senna but
    he deserves some credit for being able to
    hang and often out do Vettel.
    He seems like a gentleman and he’s not
    endangering the other drivers.


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