It’s an inconvenient truth for Aston Martin, but the driver holding them back is the owner’s son – and 750 staff could lose out on big bonuses

That’s not a phrase you hear often, seeing as he is the privileged son of a billionaire father who effectively bought a Formula One team for him. More damningly, Alonso has spent just one lap outside the top 10 this season, Stroll 276 laps. Alonso’s average grid position is 5.6th, Stroll’s 11th. One source close to the team told me of Stroll: ‘He’s increasingly lazy, listless, miserable and surly.’. Unless one of the Strolls decides Lance’s position is untenable, nobody among the team’s hierarchy will pull the trigger. Under Stroll is Martin Whitmarsh, a chief executive with a suitably grand office next to Stroll’s even bigger one. The idea of him standing up to Whitmarsh, let alone Stroll, is laughable. What future does Lawrence Stroll envisage for an Aston Martin sans his son?.

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