Lance Stroll Has ‘Love-Hate Relationship’ With F1 After Difficult Season

Lance Stroll - Williams - Hungary Paddock
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Lance Stroll has admitted he has a ‘love-hate relationship’ with Formula 1 due to his difficult season with Williams Martini Racing.

Stroll has recorded only four points in the season so far, all recorded at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as Williams have struggled to deliver results with the FW41.

Last year saw Stroll record a podium finish and a front row start in his rookie season, but now Stroll finds it hard to get out of Q1.

Speaking with, Stroll says that in the difficult times, he has to take pride and reflect on the good moments in F1.

“This sport is a love-hate relationship and you have to have pride in the difficult times,” said Stroll. “You have to reflect on the past and know that there were good times, and good times ahead.  You have to ride the rollercoaster. That’s what F1 is.

“You just always have to keep the morale high and keep positive and disconnect from the track when you can and come to work motivated and ready to go, regardless of what the situation is.  This sport changes all the time and it’s just about being there and waiting for your moment to shine.”

Stroll says that even results close to the points paying positions are good for the struggling FW41.

“Of course the results are not the ones we want, but picking up points in Baku was good,” said Stroll.  “The few times I have got into Q2 felt good, you have to get everything out of it and as a driver that is satisfying. 

“I feel like I made a good step over the winter and that I’m much more on top of the car than I was last year.” 

Williams aim to bring upgrades in the second half of the season in a bid to chase down ninth place Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, who have 18 points to their name.

The Canadian has said its difficult to evaluate the team’s results since they’ve been up and down, but believes they can achieve more points finishes in the final nine races of the year.

“A lot of the time we see some hope after a good weekend and then the following weekend.” said the Canadian.  “Like in Austria, for example, I got into Q2 and we were a lot closer to and even in front of some of the competitors. Then the following weekend at Silverstone we had that stall problem which disappointed everyone. 

“It’s still hard to come to a conclusion over where we are with development and where we are compared to the others.  The goal now is to just keep having some consistent weekends with the aim of being further up the grid. Then we can come to a conclusion that we are going in the right direction.”