In the round-up: Lance Stroll says the lack of experience in Williams’ driver line-up is not holding the team back despite its troubled start to 2018.
What they say
RaceFans asked Stroll (in an open media session) whether the team would be better off still having his experienced 2017 team mate Felipe Massa in the car:
Q: You mentioned Felipe, do you think his 15-odd years experience would have helped develop this car, or not?
LS: Too hard to say, I don’t think so. I think it’s not about fine details right now it’s about the bigger picture.
Q: The concept…
LS: Yeah, because we’ve tried a lot of different things.
Q: So even in the most experienced driver’s hands you’d still be battling to get out of Q1?
LS: I believe so.
Q: So Felipe couldn’t get out of Q1 [in Bahrain] as well?
LS: Well if he could find one second then yeah…
Q: Could it be the case that Williams changed the concept of the car so much you still don’t know the way around to find the set-up and the balance, things like that?
LS: I would like to think so. I would hope so because then it’s just a matter of maybe the next race we’ll figure it out. If we knew the answers we would apply it to the car and it would work. At the moment we scrape everything out of it.
In Australia we’re P13, [in Bahrain] between me and my team mate it’s less than one tenth and we both feel like we’re on edge every single corner. And that’s the worse thing is we are on edge and it just makes it that much easier to make a mistake. So it’s a snowball effect. We have a difficult car to drive which makes it easier to make mistakes, and at the same time there’s no room for error.
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