Williams F1 rookie Stroll's maiden points proves doubters wrong

Williams Formula 1 rookie Lance Stroll proved his doubters wrong with his maiden points finish in the Canadian Grand Prix, deputy team principal Claire Williams believes

Williams F1 rookie Stroll's maiden points proves doubters wrong

The reigning European Formula 3 champion has had a turbulent start to his F1 career, failing to finish four of his first six races and struggling to get close to team-mate Felipe Massa in qualifying.

From 17th on the grid in Montreal, Stroll finished ninth to score points for the first time, mixing it with some established names along the way.

Williams believes that has gone some way to answering critics of the Canadian and his recruitment.

"I think it was real vindication for him wasn't it?" Williams told Autosport.

"He proved all those doubters wrong, and he truly deserves his place.

"He came from 17th from ninth, and he did it twice.

"I'm really proud that he's done what he's done. It takes the pressure off everybody, which is really good.

"I think it's a monkey off his back, and it's only taken him seven races to do it."

Stroll's result prompted technical chief Paddy Lowe to mistakenly head towards the podium, so strongly did it resemble his feeling of winning with Mercedes in recent years.

The teenager has said he found criticism of his tough start "funny", and Williams paid tribute to his ability to soak that up.

"I think he's been under a huge amount of pressure, and that pressure comes from himself," Williams added.

"He's one of those drivers for whom that's a good thing, it drives him forward and I think he's dealt with it really well.

"Considering he's only 18 - and we should all remember that - the fact that he keeps coming back shows his bounce back quality is pretty impressive considering the negative commentary that's been going on on top of everything."

Williams remains sixth in the constructors' championship leaving Canada, with Massa collected by Carlos Sainz Jr on the opening lap.

Force India finished fifth and sixth with Sergio Perez and Estaban Ocon, and Williams is now 49 points behind the fourth-placed squad.

"[Massa] could have maybe even got on the podium again," Williams said.

"More points lost, that we didn't need.

"It was great to see the Force Indias up there fighting with the Red Bulls and Ferraris.

"Good for them, they deserve it, they've worked really hard.

"The gap between us is now enormous, but that's our fault, not theirs."

shares
comments
Enough buzzwords Liberty, it's time for real change

Previous article

Enough buzzwords Liberty, it's time for real change

Next article

Formula 1 drivers' briefing video a one-off for now

Formula 1 drivers' briefing video a one-off for now
Load comments
The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Plus

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery Plus

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021
The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1 Plus

The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Plus

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Plus

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus Plus

How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Plus

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021