Vettel's most cosmetic podium

Of Lawrence Sheldon Strulovitch, better known as Lawrence Stroll, it is said that the magnitude of his fortune, estimated at about 2,700 million euros according to Forbes calculations, is proportional to his demand with those who work for him in the conglomerate of companies that he owns . This 61-year-old Canadian businessman grew the fortune of his father, Leo, by leading the landing in Europe of the clothing brand Ralph Lauren, in addition to investing and popularizing other firms such as Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors. If the textile sector explains its success in business, cars are its source of entertainment, as many people do. Any ordinary person who shares this passion would look for a way to acquire a racing car. Stroll, who already owns one of the most exclusive Ferrari collections in the world, bought a Formula 1 team in 2018 so that his son, Lance, could run at ease in the championship without the sword of Damocles hanging over them. heads from the rest of the grill.

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Stroll bought Force India (2018) and renamed it Racing Point, which raced under that name in 2019 and 2020, before taking 16.7% of Aston Martin shares and repainting the cars corporate green for this. 2021. Two weeks ago, in Baku, Sebastian Vettel claimed his first podium in two years and the first in the history of the British manufacturer. As much as that second place was the result of one of the most bizarre grand prizes in remembrance – after the neutralization a race was held just two laps away – the result of Baby Schumi was the boost of morale that a team needed that, after Being in the pillory last year due to the controversy that aroused the similarity between its prototype and the 2019 Mercedes, is going through a period of indefiniteness as a result of the clash of the two realities that coexist within it. “If you scratch the green Aston Martin polo a bit, you’ll still find Jordan’s yellow – the base of the structure from 1991 to 2005. Many of the people who work here come from that time, and it shows when the objective is to achieve according to what results ”, a source from the team tells El País, who this Sunday, in Paul Ricard (3:00 p.m., DAZN and Movistar Formula 1), you will see how Vettel comes out 12th and Stroll, the penultimate. Both will start very far from the ‘pole’ of Max Verstappen or the fifth place of Carlos Sainz, and somewhat closer to the ninth position of Fernando Alonso.

There is nothing worse for the performance of an F1 team than the interventionism of the most powerful piece of its gear, that is, its owner, when the individual in question is not a specialist. That is what happens with Stroll, determined to follow in the footsteps of Mercedes when Aston Martin has neither the means nor the (personal) gray matter that has led the constructor of the star to accumulate the last seven consecutive titles. In fact, the fact that Silverstone’s formation is a client of Brackley’s (incorporating its engines, gearboxes and other components) puts it at a clear disadvantage. For example, after an accident in which one of these elements is damaged, the price that Mercedes charges to repair the part in question is much higher than it costs if the breakdown is in one of its cars, when doing it ‘at home’ . And that, with the entry into play of the budget limit, has become a capital aspect in capital management.

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