After three races in 2022, Aston Martin is the only team yet to score a championship point with a disastrous Australian Grand Prix from start to finish.
Lance Stroll, the son of fashion mogul Lawrence, crashed into Nicholas Latifi in qualifying, earning a penalty that sent him to the back of the grid. A smart strategic call was then undone by his penalty for illegal weaving during the race, while Sebastian Vettel crashed out.
“Managing a team takes more than money, Lawrence Stroll is discovering that now at Aston Martin,” wrote Villenueve for Formula1.nl.
“It’s not a clothing brand or a watch brand, because it’s much more complicated. Especially if you’re leading a team for your son, finding solutions becomes that much more complicated.
“Watching this weekend you saw that Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll kept getting in trouble. Stroll’s incident with Latifi in qualifying was just embarrassing. He even blamed the track for the accident, which was perhaps the strangest explanation for an accident.”
Villeneuve quizzed fellow Canadian Stroll on how he was going to turn Astons around ahead of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in a fortnight.
“The question is, what is big boss Lawrence Stroll doing?” He continued. “If he treats his drivers like he does business, it’s not nice conversations.
“The atmosphere in the factory must also be to die for, you will not currently be greeted with a smile. In the long run, it’s not an easy situation to solve, they built a car comparable to a Williams or a Haas. Only they managed to do it on a smaller budget.