Racing Point’s Lance Stroll admits that qualifying has been a weak spot for him in 2019, and wants to improve next season.
The Canadian suffered 14 Q1 eliminations in 2019, with the Williams duo of George Russell and Robert Kubica the only ones to collect more.
In fact, stretching back to his Williams days Stroll had the unfortunate streak of 14 consecutive Q1 eliminations from the 2018 United States GP to Germany 2019.
But the youngster did make up the most positions (40), on opening laps of anyone on the grid in 2019, so it’s understandable why he now wants to match his race performances with strong qualifying showings.
“From my end, I’ve got to just keep working on a few things,” Stroll is quoted by Crash.net.
“I think Saturday has been my biggest weakness this year, just a few mistakes in qualifying and stuff, it just put me on the back foot for Sundays, and going into next year that’s an area I want to work on.
“I think there’s been a bit of bad luck here and there through the second half of the season, we haven’t managed to score the points that we wanted to score.
“In the first half, I think we were strong, we scored our fair share of points, but the second half we’ve had a few hits to the chin which cost us some points.”
Stroll lots the qualifying battle 18-3 to team-mate Sergio Perez in 2019, so that one stings a little.
“He beat me most of the time this year, so that’s something I’ve got to work on,” Stroll admitted.
“I think experience too, he’s been with the team a long time, so I have a different driving style, different approach, which all drivers have.
“In order to maximise my driving style and approach, there are some things I think we have to keep working on, and come back next year and do better. That’s really what I’m looking forward to.”
But while experience will help with his qualifying performances, Stroll also knows “work ethic” is vital.
“Yeah, I think it’s experience, and it’s also applying yourself in the right way,” he explained.
“It’s work ethic, understanding where the weakness is, and what kind of corners, and how to balance the car, set up the car in order to maximise your driving style. I think that does come with experience.
“I’ve been with the team one year, and I feel like a lot of the time when I walk away from the weekend, and I reflect on Saturdays, there are things I would have done different and could have done different in order to do it better, and that’s what makes it exciting coming back for a second season.”