Stroll: Williams surviving rather than competing

Date published: November 8 2018

Lance Stroll: Williams surviving rather than competing

Williams have “not really developed” their FW41 since the season-opening race in Australia; so says Lance Stroll.

Williams have struggled throughout this year’s championship with their Mercedes-powered car woefully off the pace despite having one of the best engines powering it.

As such the team has managed just three top-ten performances, two from Stroll and two from Sergey Sirotkin.

The Canadian, who is off to Force India next season, has a best result of P8 from the Azerbaijan GP.

That was somewhat down on last year’s performance, where he was third on the day in a season in which Williams finished P5.

They are P10 this season, 26 points behind their nearest rival.

“It has been very challenging,” Stroll said. “The car just hasn’t been there. We’ve just been surviving every weekend rather than competing.

“[We’ve] been getting knocked out in Q1 at lot, we also had races where I’ve made a good start and been in a points-scoring position, and we’ve just fallen back down the order.

“It’s kind of always been the case, we’ve always been on the back foot throughout the whole year.

“We have not really developed the car since Australia. I don’t think we’ve really improved the car at all.

“It’s been tough to see some of our competitors like Sauber for example who were neck and neck with us in the beginning make big steps in the right direction compared to us.

“It’s been a survival year, that’s all I can say.”

But while Williams may not have moved forward this season, Stroll believes he has grown as a driver.

“I’ve still developed as a driver, matured as a driver,” he said.

“{My] second year in Formula 1, more seat time, more experience, I’ve absorbed lots of information, even though it has been a very challenging year compared to last year.

“That’s the nature of the sport. As a driver, you have to accept that some years are more challenging than others, that’s part of the game.”

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