‘Stroll has better race pace than Hulk, Ocon’

Lance Stroll: Closely matched to Sergio Perez in terms of race pace

Lance Stroll: Closely matched to Sergio Perez in terms of race pace

Sergio Perez has heaped further praise on new team-mate Lance Stroll, saying he is the closest-matched driver in terms of race pace.

The Mexican said earlier in March that he was pleasantly surprised by Stroll’s quality after joining him at Racing Point.

And, ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the praise continues to flow…

“In a way Esteban [Ocon] and Nico [Hulkenberg] were quite a similar approach and they always seemed to struggle a lot with race pace,” Perez said.

“But with Lance, his race pace is, from all the teammates, the closest to mine.

“He’s already, on Sundays, quite good. I was quite surprised because going for a long run I seemed to find it a bit easier with my previous teammates, but it’s not the case now.

“He [Stroll] has a good understanding for Sundays. It’s good, it’s what you need to score points, especially with this tight midfield.”

Perez has also backed Stroll to “constantly” score points for the team after scoring two in the first race of the season at Albert Park.

“The surprise was already when we met Lance to see the speed – it just proves that it’s so hard to judge someone,” Perez added.

“It’s so much related to your car performance in F1.

“He has the speed, the talent. He works hard. I think he’s going to be constantly scoring points, which is great for the team.

“To finish fourth in the constructors you need both cars to score points every weekend.

“He got the maximum out of the car, together with the team and strategy [in Australia]. It’s what we need from now to Abu Dhabi.”

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