Lance Stroll felt it was a very poor Qualifying session for him and his Williams Martini Racing team at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday after the Canadian could only finish nineteenth fastest, ahead only of the struggling Stoffel Vandoorne.
Stroll felt his FW41 was ‘difficult to drive’ throughout the session, and he ended almost a full second away from advancing into Q2, with mistakes in his runs not helping his cause as he found himself out-qualified by team-mate Sergey Sirotkin by 0.136 seconds.
“It was very challenging and just a poor session,” said Stroll. “The car was very difficult to drive, I made a mistake in turn one, as I just locked up on my second push, and then I ran wide again in turn 13 so lost a few tenths there, but we are missing a big chunk of lap time to challenge the others.”
Stroll does not believe he will be able to make any progress on Sunday feeling that the FW41 lacks straight line speed and cornering ability, but it does not mean that he not be giving it his all throughout the Belgian Grand Prix.
“For the race, I honestly doubt we can do much, as we are quite slow on the straight line and not so good in the corners,” said Stroll.
“However, I am still going to go race and give it my all as anything can happen in turn one and Eau Rouge, so for the start I am going to try and gain some positions and go from there.”