Stroll: Step from F3 to F1 is tremendous

Date published: December 8 2016

Replacing Felipe Massa at Williams, rookie driver Lance Stroll has admitted that it is a massive step from Formula 3 to Formula 1.

Following his Championship winning season in the European Formula 3 season, Stroll was confirmed to partner Valtteri Bottas at the Grove-based outfit for the 2017 season.

Already testing in a Williams car, the Canadian youngster is confident that he can handle himself on the track given the experience he gained racing in Formula 3.

"The step was incredible, tremendous, a lot of power as expected, a lot more downforce," Stroll told Sky Sports.

"But Formula 3 is a really good car that teaches you how to drive properly. It has a lot of downforce, not so much power but I think that’s why it’s a very complicated part of driving because you have to find that edge and you can’t really go over it and you can’t be under it."

"It’s a great car and it teaches you really well how to progress on to higher categories."

When quizzed about being labelled as ‘the best prepared rookie’ after testing in a 2014-spec FW36 on numerous occasions, the 18-year-old distanced himself from it.

"I would not say [I’m the best prepared rookie] ever because when they did have the testing days it was a lot easier to learn," the teenager concluded.

"Everyone does it differently and is preparing their own way. I don’t want to really compare."