Once derided as possessing far more money than talent, pay drivers are now ubiquitous in F1 – and some of them are bloody quick. What does this often pejorative term mean in the modern context?
Weeks after Villeneuve said Stroll is having one of the worst rookie seasons in Formula 1 history, the 18-year-old had the best race of his career.
Stroll, 18, has struggled immensely as the first Canadian F1 driver since Villeneuve.
The picturesque GP has retained its character and turned into the country's largest sporting event, thanks to passionate fans and a classic, unchanged track.
The deep-pocketed 18-year-old Canadian will make his much-anticipated F1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.
There is no denying the financial backing from his family has made things easier for Lance Stroll during his career leading to securing an F1 driver with Williams. Now it's time to show he deserves to be there.
With Williams confirming Lance Stroll for 2017, the big question now is whether the team's gamble of promoting the Canadian straight from F3 will pay off.
"My dad is rich. I can't deny that," says FIA European Formula 3 Championship leader Lance Stroll. "All I can do is go out and do the best I can. I have won, and I am winning."