Williams chief technical officer, Paddy Lowe, thinks Lance Stroll came into Formula 1 “too early” and would have benefited from more preparation.
Stroll was thrust into the spotlight in 2017, becoming Canada’s first Formula 1 driver since 1997 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve.
Thanks to significant funding from his father, Lawrence, he was able to make the jump up straight from the Formula 3 European Championship.
Stroll endured a tough start to his Formula 1 career with three race retirements in his first four races and Lowe believes he could have done with another year learning the ropes.
“With Lance, his second year in Formula 1, my personal view is that in hindsight he came into Formula 1 too early,” Lowe told RACER.
“There are a number of reasons for that, but I think he would have been better to come a year later when he was better prepared.
But Lowe also said that he has seen a big improvement from Stroll, who has now left Williams to join his father at Racing Point for his third year in Formula 1.
He added: “It was a really, really tough year for him last year but we have seen him make a real step change over the winter.
“He’s been much stronger this year, particularly in his qualifying which was a difficult part for him last year.
“But he’s completely transformed his approach to qualifying this year and that’s played out well for him.
“And then becoming more confident as a driver, therefore getting some better results from that.”