Lance Stroll: “I have never actually raced on the track”

Lance Stroll has never raced at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya before - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Whereas team-mate Felipe Massa will be competing in his fifteenth Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, for Lance Stroll it will not only be his first Grand Prix at the track, but the Canadian has never previously raced at the venue before in his career.

The youngest driver on the Formula 1 grid only has testing experience at the circuit, most recently in a Formula 1 car at the beginning of 2017, but he admits that he enjoys driving there amid its varied nature that requires both downforce and traction.

Stroll will also take comfort from finishing a Grand Prix for the first time two weeks ago in Russia, with his aim now on continuing on his learning curve and breaking into the points for the first time in Spain.

“While I know Barcelona well from testing there in series like Formula Renault and Formula 3 and obviously the Formula One tests before the start of the season, I have never actually raced on the track,” revealed Stroll.

“It is a track I love and there are particular parts of it I really like. For instance I enjoy the first sector, which is high speed for corners one, two and three and even into four and five. This part is really flowing. Then the last sector becomes tight, twisty and technical. Having said that, it is still a tricky one.

“On top of that I really like the city of Barcelona and look forward to staying there. It has a lot of atmosphere and some amazing areas.”