Racing Point driver Lance Stroll believes he's become a more complete driver during 2018 despite his very difficult campaign at Williams, as the Canadian hopes to showcase his talents in 2019 after switching teams.
2018 was Williams' worst season in the team's long history, as they had never finished tenth in the constructors' championship before. For Stroll, it was his worst season as well, although his F1 career is only two years old at this point.
The 20-year-old only scored six points throughout the season, but he still thinks he improved as a driver. The car just made it impossible for the public to see that.
“I do believe that I’m a more complete driver than I was one year ago,” Stroll told Crash.net.
“I just haven’t been able to demonstrate that due to the package, which is the nature of the sport. Some years it goes like that and you have to accept that as a driver.
“I don’t think it’s really fair to compare the [past] two [seasons]. Judge the year in general, it’s been a firefighting season.
“We picked up very few points but the few times that I picked up points were big highlights because we beat quicker cars around us.
“I scraped into Q2 and Q3 in Monza - they’ve really been big achievements because the performance has been really poor.”
Stroll out-performed his teammate Sergey Sirotkin by six points to one, but the Russian did win the qualifying battle convincingly. Still, Sirotkin is without a drive in 2019, and Stroll has made the switch to Racing Point, the team his father acquired in July 2018.
He moves to the Silverstone-based team now and will see an uptick in performance again. What has the youngster learned at Williams?
“I don’t think it comes down to one thing in particular, I think it’s a combination of things,” he replied.
“I would say the main thing is just experience, I’ve learnt so much with another season of F1 under my belt.
“Expanding my knowledge of tyres, qualifying and racing, just with seat time you learn so much and that’s far from done.
“I still believe I’m far from reaching my full potential so every year I will just keep chipping away at it. I’ll work on my weaknesses and build on my strengths.”