He was being coached at the
time by six-time World Kart Champion Mike Wilson from
His driver then? A kid from
James Allen (you remember him – he was the play-by-play
announcer for years when
Baldisserri is a great friend of Eric Jensen, the Canadian team owner in Formula BMW and Atlantics.
Allen notes that Stroll’s signing parallels the system that McLaren has had for years that saw Lewis Hamilton join the program when he was 13.
Allen says Stroll finished sixth in the world finals in his category last
year and has won Canadian and
“He is young but he has already shown that he is exceptionally talented,” Baldisserri said in a release. “We will follow him step by step and he will take part in our courses at Maranello.”
It is symbolic that Ferrari chose to make the announcement of the young
Canadian’s signing on the eve of the Canadian Grand Prix, which is returning
The last Canadian to sign with the famous Italian marque was the legendary Gilles Villeneuve, after whom the circuit where the GP will be held is named.