In what was a mediocre weekend for the Williams Martini Racing team, Lance Stroll had a lonely race with very little action for the Canadian driver. Eventually, he finished outside the points in fourteenth place.
The team had looked to be struggling throughout the weekend, even with the experienced Felipe Massa at the helm throughout the Free Practices. Super sub, Paul di Resta had to step in for qualifying and the race, and although he drove exceptionally given the circumstances, the team came away from the weekend without any points.
“It was quite a boring race,” commented the youngster. “I was driving alone the whole time, so not much happened and we didn’t have the pace this weekend to stay with the others.”
Stroll lamented the lack of pace the car had but also claimed that they finished in a position that they expected going into the race.
“I tried everything I could in the first stint to hold the other guys, and I was doing okay. Then, in the second stint, I tried the undercut but I just didn’t have the pace and overheated the rears too much. We kind of finished where we started, and we expected that.”
The Hungaroring evidently did not suit the Williams, but it will be easier for them at the upcoming, high-speed tracks, especially with the benefit of the Mercedes power unit.
“All in all, it was a tough weekend, but we now need to look forward to the other kind of tracks – Spa, Monza – that should be better for our car. Now we are over halfway through the season, I feel very different to Australia. It was my first race and with each one I have been getting a little bit better. Obviously, you shine a bit more on the tracks that work with the car, but for sure every race and every weekend I am getting more experience and becoming a better driver.”
“I am now looking forward to the break to recharge the batteries and do a lot of training.”