“Far from home but always repping,” said the Montreal-born driver; The Habs made it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 28 years on Thursday
By Yuri Coghe
A rare hockey and Formula 1 crossover just happened, courtesy of Lance Stroll.
The 22-year-old Canadian driver added the Montreal Canadiens logo to the top of his helmet to show support to the NHL team of his native city. The Habs made it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 28 years after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 on Thursday.
Stroll used the new design during the qualifying session for the Styrian Grand Prix on Saturday. He’ll start the race, set for 9 AM Eastern Time on Sunday, in ninth position. The Canadiens now face the reigning champion Tampa Bay Lightning for the Stanley Cup, with a seven-game series starting Monday.
The Aston Martin driver’s regular helmet design features a maple leaf where the Habs logo currently appears.
“Far from home but always repping,” Stroll posted on Instagram, with what can be seen as another Canadian reference.
If he is indeed alluding to a line from Drake’s 2009 song Uptown, featuring Lil Wayne and Bun B from his acclaimed ‘So Far Gone’ mixtape, however, that means the driver slightly misquoted the lyric, as the Toronto rapper actually says “hardly home.”
“This one’s for everybody back home,” said Stroll on Twitter, where he shared another picture of the updated helmet.
Stroll, who was born in Montreal in 1998, has ten points in the drivers’ championship after seven races this year, a third of what his teammate Sebastian Vettel has claimed. Aston Martin sits sixth in the constructors’ standings, five points behind AlphaTauri.
See more pictures of Lance Stroll’s Montreal Canadiens special helmet design:
3-on-3 hockey game in 2019
This is not the first time Stroll and the Habs have partnered up over the years.
On a 2019 video posted on the Montreal Canadiens YouTube channel, Stroll plays 3-on-3 hockey with defender Victor Mete and forward Matthew Peca, both of whom now play for the Ottawa Senators. You can watch this content on the left.
The Canadiens also have a connection with 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, the only Canadian to claim the F1 championship.
The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec native was welcomed with a minutes-long standing ovation when he brought the drivers’ championship trophy to Bell Centre, formerly known as the Molson Centre. Watch the moment below.