Lance Stroll felt Williams Martini Racing‘s pace at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix was better than recent races, which he says is a positive sign.
Both Stroll and his team-mate Sergey Sirotkin were near the points-paying positions at the early stages of the Grand Prix, but after the round of pit stops, dropped down to finish twelfth and thirteenth for the race.
Both Williams cars were ahead of Renault Sport Formula One Team‘s Carlos Sainz Jr., who started at the back of the grid an engine penalty and on the medium tyre. Sainz overtook Stroll and Sirotkin when the French team performed the undercut on them with the supersoft tyre.
Reviewing his race, Stroll says that the pace Williams produced at Spa-Francorchamps was better than the recent races, stating that it is a positive sign for the team in their bid to improve their season.
“I felt we were better compared to the rest of the field today than we have been recently, and that is a positive sign,” said Stroll, who has scored all of Williams’ points in 2018 so far thanks to his eighth place finish in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April.
“Renault was a bit quicker than us, but not too much quicker. I think they had that bit better extra pace and undercut us.
“Carlos was on the mediums at the beginning and we were on the softs, and he was kind of maintaining the pace, but on the supersoft he undercut us quite easily.”