I read Nigel Roebuck’s recent commentary on St Jovite with some interest. While in Canada attending the Grand Prix last year, my family and I made a trip up to Mont Tremblant to find the famous circuit. By good fortune we also stumbled upon the superb karting facility on the site there with its Jim Russell Academy. After an exhilarating morning being taught how to pilot Rotax Max two-stroke karts, we were treated to an informal and unexpected audience with Lewis Hamilton, who was attending the track as a guest of its owner, the clothing entrepreneur Lawrence Stroll.
Mr Stroll would appear to be ‘our sort of chap’. His pre-teen son Larry is already on Ferrari’s Academy programme as a promising young kart racer, and based on the laps he turned in that afternoon he certainly handles a vehicle well. Stroll Sr possesses one of the finest Ferrari collections in the world; on the day of our attendance he had brought his Ferrari 3335P and FXX Evoluzione. Funny what you find in a sleepy Canadian skiing resort.
Andrew Swift, Leeds, West Yorkshire