For­mer Fer­rari F1 sport­ing di­rec­tor quits team to aid F3 pro­tege Stroll

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Ex-fer­rari For­mula 1 sport­ing di­rec­tor Luca Bald­is­serri has left the team to men­tor Wil­liams de­vel­op­ment driver Lance Stroll.

Bald­is­serri mas­ter­minded the Fer­rari Driver Academy, which Cana­dian Stroll used to be part of.

He will now over­see Stroll’s progress at Wil­liams and his Euro­pean For­mula 3 cam­paign with Prema Pow­erteam.

“Luca’s go­ing to be very close with Wil­liams and es­pe­cially Prema to help us all try and do a great job next year,” said Stroll, 17. “He’s been with me since a very young age, when he chose me to come on the Fer­rari pro­gramme.

“He’s very good at watch­ing what’s go­ing on be­tween the team and the driver. He’s quiet when he has to be, but when it’s time to speak he says some good things.”

Stroll im­pressed in his maiden F3 sea­son in 2015, fin­ish­ing fifth. Stroll will make his sportscar de­but at the Day­tona 24 Hours later this month. He will co-drive a Ford Eco­boost pro­to­type with Bren­don Hart­ley/alex Wurz/andy Pri­aulx.

Lance Stroll was fifth in the Euro­pean F3 points last sea­son

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