Former Bridgestone engineer Ernest Knoors recently shared insights into the challenges of working with Aston Martin drivers Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso. Despite Alonso’s reputation for being ‘quite difficult,’ Knoors believes Stroll would be the ‘most difficult’ driver to work with.
At the onset of the 2023 season in Bahrain, Lance Stroll showcased his resilience by finishing sixth after nursing two broken bones in his hand. Teammate Fernando Alonso commended Stroll, labeling him ‘my hero.’ However, as the season progressed, a noticeable disparity in performance between the two drivers emerged.
Alonso’s experience and speed became evident as he consistently scored the majority of Aston Martin’s points and contended for podium finishes. In contrast, Stroll faced challenges, regularly struggling to advance beyond Q1 on Saturdays. Frustrations reached a tipping point in Qatar, where Stroll, once again eliminated in the first part of qualifying, expressed his discontent by shoving his trainer in the garage and throwing his steering wheel.
Amid growing speculation about Stroll’s commitment to Formula 1, rumors circulated that he considered retiring to pursue tennis. Despite these rumors, the 25-year-old has been officially confirmed for the 2024 season, where he will continue to partner with Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin.
Former Bridgestone engineer Ernest Knoors weighed in on the dynamics within the team. He acknowledged the shared motivation among drivers to win and work hard. However, Knoors pointed out that, in his view, it would be Lance Stroll who poses the greater challenge to work with compared to the two-time champion Fernando Alonso.
“Ultimately, those boys are all motivated to win, to work hard,” Knoors shared with RacingNews365, shedding light on the complexities involved in managing the contrasting personalities and performance levels within a Formula 1 team.