Lance Stroll says last year’s Williams F1 car was “badly born” and that the engineers “did not know” how to fix it.
Stroll bid farewell to Williams at the end of what was a disappointing 2018 campaign.
He managed just six points in 21 grands prix with a P8 in Azerbaijan, a race that he finished on the podium in 2017, his best result of the season.
His struggles last year added to his ‘pay driver’ tag with many wondering if Williams would have done better with two different drivers in the car.
Stroll says no because the blame belongs with Williams.
He told Canada’s Le Journal de Montreal: “All I can say is that the car was badly born last year and that the engineers did not know how to develop it during the season.
“When I took part in a test session two days after the last grand prix of the season in Abu Dhabi at the wheel of Force India, I was 1.4 seconds faster at the wheel of a car I had never driven.
“The times did the talking in Abu Dhabi.
“But it’s a thing of the past, I’m starting a new chapter in my career.”
After two years with the Grove team, the Canadian has moved over to Racing Point after his billionaire father Lawrence bought the former Force India team.
“We have an outstanding organisation that will be able to achieve great things in 2019, which we proved in recent years with limited resources,” he said.
“We want to move forward, not be at the back of the pack. That happened too often last year.
“Podiums are achievable and our new team has the means to beat many teams in F1.”