Stroll: Positive start overshadowed by offs

Date published: March 9 2017

Lance Stroll believes he made a positive start to pre-season testing but that it was overshadowed by a “couple of incidents.”

Williams’ newest rookie racer made headlines for all the wrong reasons last week as three offs in two days curtailed his team’s running.

The initial off, just 12 laps into his first day of testing, broke the front wing of the FW40 and, with Williams short on parts that meant that was it for the day.

Back in action the following day, Stroll spun twice with the second, a coming together with the tyre wall at Turn Five, damaging the chassis.

That not only kept Williams off the track for the rest of the day but also meant they were unable to run on Day Four.

Speaking about his start to testing, the 18-year-old told the official F1 website: “There were a couple of incidents – but it was also a positive start in many ways that was overshadowed with some things that happened.

“One of them was that I had a little spin – I even drove back to the garage, but unfortunately we broke a little piece of the front wing and didn’t have any spares, so it was simply unlucky.

“And on the last day there were some issues that sent me off the track. It is what it is. I am looking forward to putting all that behind me and taking only the positives from last week.”

This season Stroll will be the only true on the rookie as both Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Ocon have competed in at least one grand prix.

Asked how he is hoping to make his point this season, Stroll replied: “That depends a lot on the car. There are so many things to consider.

“What I can say is that I have a clear mind about the whole thing and no expectations. I want to learn as much as I can at every race and push as much as I can on and off the track. That’s it.”