In the Driver’s Seat

Battle of the ages between Verstappen and veteran Alonso to light up F1

Bahrain Grand Prix runner-ups Sergio Perez (left) and Fernando Alonso (right) spraying non-alcoholic champagne on winner Max Verstappen. PHOTO: AFP
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Sakhir, BAHRAIN – Formula One should be very grateful to Lawrence Stroll, and I confess that is something I once never expected. The ebullient Canadian billionaire is what might be termed a Marmite character in my homeland – like the savoury spread, he is liked by some but not to the taste of others.

I was not a fan myself when his Tommy Hilfiger brand switched from the fading Team Lotus back in 1994, but in an amusing conversation several years ago, I admitted that even I couldn’t carry a grudge that long. And I really like what he’s doing with Aston Martin.

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