Former Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has recently stirred the pot by raising concerns about Lance Stroll’s current and prospective position within the Aston Martin team. Rosberg’s apprehensions stem from Stroll’s noticeable lack of performance, a deficiency that has led to a staggering 123-point gap between him and his teammate, Fernando Alonso.
It’s undeniable that Stroll has been struggling to find his stride this season. To illustrate this, we need not look further than the recent events at Monza, where the Canadian driver found himself at the back of the grid during qualifying, while Alonso secured a place in Q3 once again. Although Stroll managed to keep pace with Alonso in the early races of the season, his performance has taken a nosedive. This downward spiral has had a detrimental effect on Aston Martin’s championship standings, causing the team to slip from their second-place position to fourth, trailing behind Mercedes and Ferrari.
The pressing concern is whether this trend will persist, potentially causing Aston Martin to lose its spot among the top four teams in the coming year. This is especially concerning given McLaren’s recent resurgence in form, which could push Aston Martin further down the rankings.
“I’m not sure what’s happened to Lance, He’s a very decent driver, he showed at the start of the season he can stay close to Fernando. When Fernando was third, Lance was fifth or sixth.
“He’s in a difficult phase now. Long-term for Aston, they can’t allow themselves to have one driver who’s a long way off.
“Either Lance gets back to where he can be, should be, or they need to think about changing things around with the second driver.
“Fernando needs to be pushed. The set-up work is better when there is two drivers who are on it. It’s a different dynamic. It’s important to have two drivers who are quick.”
Rosberg, known for his candid insights into the world of Formula 1, shared his thoughts on this matter during a recent appearance on the Sky Sports F1 podcast. He emphasized the importance of both drivers contributing significantly to a team’s progress. When one driver lags behind, it can place unnecessary burdens on the entire team’s performance.
However, Rosberg hinted at a potential roadblock to resolving this issue – Lance Stroll’s father, who happens to be the owner of the Aston Martin team. In such situations, the personal dynamics within the team can become a complex and sensitive matter. Rosberg’s suggestion is that Fernando Alonso may need to voice his concerns if Stroll’s performance continues to stagnate. This raises questions about whether the father-son relationship within the team is impeding progress and causing tensions.
“It’s impossible for me to judge. Probably, it would be Lance saying ‘hey, I should go and do something else’ if he continues to struggle like he is at the moment.
“The easiest would be if Lance finds a way back to where he can be, which is not too far from Fernando.
“It’s a father-son relationship, that’s the challenge, that’s what matters. So it’s a difficult one. If Aston were second in the constructor’s, I think it’s £30m or so more in revenues from TV money shares, from second to fourth. So there’s a lot of money at stake.”
In conclusion, Nico Rosberg’s comments have brought to light a critical issue facing Aston Martin. The team’s future success hinges on addressing the performance gap between its drivers and navigating the potential challenges posed by personal dynamics within the team. Time will tell whether these concerns will prompt Aston Martin to take action before it’s too late.