The Canadian who turned 17-years-old last month (29 Oct), makes his debut on Macau’s tortuous Circuito da Guia circuit – a 3.85-mile track comprising of closed public roads that is ultra-narrow in places and bordered by unforgiving steel barriers that punish the slightest mistake.
Undaunted Stroll is looking to thrive on the unique challenge Macau throws up with its 10-lap qualification race on Saturday (21 Nov) and the main 15-lap Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix FIA F3 Intercontinental Cup race the following day (22 Nov).
Geneva-based Lance races a Dallara F312-Mercedes for the SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam at Macau, a team he has raced for since 2014 - Prema having won the Macau Grand Prix in 2011 and ’13. He won the Italian Formula 4 Championship last year with the crack Italian squad, placed fifth overall in his maiden FIA Euro F3 Series campaign this year, and will continue with Prema in F3 next year.
Lance Stroll (CAN). Age: 17. Born: Montréal, Québec, Canada. Lives: Geneva, Switzerland.
“Macau is the finalé to my maiden F3 year and after the intense pressure of competing in the FIA Euro F3 Championship, it’ll be a more relaxed affair for myself and the Prema team. Obviously we go there to be successful but I’ll be up against drivers who are already very experienced at Macau so I need to be realistic. I’ll be trying my hardest while at the same time enjoying the unique experience of Macau. My street circuit experience is limited to racing at Pau in France in this year’s FIA Euro F3 Championship. I loved that, had a real blast and I’m eagerly looking forward to Macau. The annual event is legendary in motor racing folklore and I’ve heard so many stories about the venue and its races. You must adapt your driving style to racing on a street circuit with the closeness of the walls in the case of Pau or the barriers at Macau – there is literally no room for errors otherwise you get punished. But once in a rhythm everything just flows – it’s fun and a new challenge.”