Williams has ‘huge’ confidence in Stroll

Date published: November 7 2016

Although Claire Williams says it is an “inevitability” that Lance Stroll will make mistakes in his rookie season, she has “huge” confidence that he will deliver.

Stroll will move up from the Formula 3 championship into Formula 1 next season having signed as Valtteri Bottas’ Williams team-mate.

The 18-year-old has been preparing for his debut campaign in Williams’ simulator while also spending some time on the track behind the wheel of a 2014 F1 car.

But while Williams are doing all they can to prepare him for F1, the deputy team boss concedes mistakes will happen. She does, however, belief the Canadian will be quick to learn from them.

“It will obviously be Lance’s rookie year in Formula 1 and as much as we are doing a lot of work behind the scenes at the moment to make sure he is as prepared as possible, going into Melbourne next year it is going to be an eye-opener,” Williams said.

“We have noticed in a short term with Lance he is so capable, extremely intelligent and he puts the work in.

“The one thing I have learnt about Lance over the 12 months we’ve been working closely with him is his work ethic is second to none for a 18-year-old to achieve what he has in such a short space of time.

“I have a huge amount of confidence that when he gets into the cockpit in Melbourne he can deliver but he will need some time like any rookie does in this sport to bed in.

“There may be some mistakes but that is going to be an inevitability, but we already know from Lance that he learns from his mistakes quickly.”

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