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Stroll on Singapore challenge: “I know exactly what to expect”

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Lance Stroll - Formula 1 - 2018 Italian GP
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Lance Stroll says that the challenges of the Singapore Grand Prix will come as no surprise to him this year in his second visit to the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Stroll finished an impressive eighth in last year’s chaotic tenth edition of the Singapore race, three places ahead of then-Williams Martini Racing team-mate Felipe Massa.

After his initiation last year, Stroll says that he knows “what to expect” this weekend.

“Obviously this year I know exactly what to expect in terms of how the Marina Bay Street Circuit is,” the Canadian said.

“It is tight and twisty and one of the toughest both mentally and physically, especially because of the hot and humid conditions.

“I have great memories from last year as I started 18th and finished eighth. It was a pretty wild race with some rain before the start and I was able to make up five places on the opening lap,” he continued.

“After that it dried out and then it was down to strategy and all that. We came away from a difficult weekend with a handful of points, which was great, and the party after the race was great.”

In the Italian Grand Prix, Stroll and team-mate Sergey Sirotkin scored Williams’ first points since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April, helping the ailing Grove team inch closer to the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for ninth in the Constructors’ Championship. Williams still stand 12 points off of the Swiss outfit.

In his own personal quest, Stroll equalled the points tally of Marcus Ericsson in the Drivers’ Standings.

After lengthy speculation regarding his future post-Italy, Stroll is set to stay at Williams for the remainder of 2018. Due to his father, Lawrence, taking the reins at the Racing Point Force India F1 Team, the 20 -year-old was linked with a mid-season switch to replace Esteban Ocon.

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