• Jun 23, 2010
Lance Stroll in the Ferrari karting challenge, Montreal – Click above or below for high-res image gallery

Montreal has some great karting tracks. The French-Canadian metropolis, after all, is a veritable motorsport mecca, playing host to Formula One (among other series) on a more regular basis than any other city in North America. So it should come as no surprise that, while Ferrari was in town for the Canadian Grand Prix last week, they took the whole team out to one such facility for some suitable R&R.

Among those participating were the team's star drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, along with Lance Stroll, the 11-year-old kid the team had signed to a driver development program the day before. So how did the young prodigy fare against the seasoned veterans? Well, after beating out the rest of the team personnel (including, we'd assume, at least one of the Scuderia's many test drivers), Stroll finished second in the ranks, beating out one of the grand prix drivers.

Ferrari, somewhat understandably, isn't saying which – Alonso or Massa – Stroll defeated in the friendly competition, but given that Massa is still an avid karter, we'd suspect it was Alonso. It's worth noting that with his more relevant experience and lower body weight, the young Stroll had a bit of an advantage. But any way you cut it, that's some fine work. Official announcement after the jump.



[Source: Ferrari]
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A karting challenge

Montreal, 10 June – Almost the entire Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team, here in Canada for the eighth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, met up last night for a special go-kart race, with the personnel split into five times, one of them all women. This friendly tournament organised by the team at an indoor venue a few minutes from the centre of Montreal, brought together engineers, mechanics, catering crew and logistics, with every competitor getting two chances to race. At the end of an unforgettable evening, with a very unexpected grid, the twelve fastest took part in a race with a standing start. The Scuderia's race drivers tackled the race with great professionalism, in a group that also included the latest addition to the Ferrari Driver Academy ranks, Laurence Stroll. The eleven year old Canadian, who was yesterday announced as one of the young hopefuls of the Maranello school, lapped as quickly as the best, taking second place between Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in the final classification.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      No matter what other kids brag about at school, he can now top them all... "Meh, I beat a Formula 1 world champ around the track".
      So jealous...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was at the kart track where this happened a few days ago.
      We saw the timesheets.
      Alonso was 1st, the kid was 2nd and Massa was 3rd. I don't remember the differentials.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What does that have to do with him beating a F1 driver in a kart race? Do drivers who got to F1 due to their famous names (Rosberg, Piquet, Senna, Nakajima etc...) not count in your books either?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The comment above was meant @ I'm Italian
      • 4 Years Ago
      how do I put this; Power to WEIGHT ratio?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I laughed when I saw Alonso's face. He looks crushed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah! Felipe's arm is around the kid. So...the kid must have beaten Fernando.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure his signing has nothing to do with the fact that his father is Lawrence Stroll, owner of Mont Treblant, host track of the Ferrari Driving Experience in the US. Nor anything to do with him owning dozens of Italian stallions, a history of racing in the Ferrari Challenge, or his substantial net worth from his share of Tommy Hilfiger.

      No, nothing at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The kid's got a power to weight advantage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The kid probably has a 50-60 lb weight advantage over the other guys - and that is very significant in a limited horsepower go-kart.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Or he could have not wanted to look like a prick by wiping the floor with the 11-year old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet the fact that he weighs a lot less than a grown man (even one the size of Massa and Alonso) played a big role.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Weight is a HUGE factor in the SodiKart CVT transmission clad karts....

        25 lbs makes a big difference. You work the tires more and accelerate slower. We're talking
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, when your body weight accounts for about 50% of the total vehicle weight, being a kid helps.

        although his driving skill and reflexes must still be amazingly good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No doubt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, c'mon, it's only 50-odd pounds extra ballast that the F1 drivers were carrying...

        What difference could that make?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive, without a doubt.

      I really wish that I got into karting when I was younger. *Sigh*
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is is so privileged I kind of hate him. Just hating here, move along.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When i was around 13 I got as far as buying a kart frame and a couple old engines...then they decided to close down the only track where I lived about 2 weeks later. :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't play the kid in putt putt golf either. Hole in one every time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Live the dream kid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In my opinion, the best driver ever to have graced F1 was from French Canada..Gilles Villeneuve...so I'm not surprised more talent is coming out of that area.
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