Lance Stroll has had a tough time in his first six races of the season. But, in the seventh race, it changed. He took the ninth spot in his home Grand Prix scoring two points and took the third spot in Azerbaijan GP.
The Canadian driver has finally cracked the Formula 1 according to Williams Chief Paddy Lowe.
Speaking with Motorsport Lowe said, “There were some very difficult periods, but actually I feel he’s cracked it now and we can only really get better from here,”
“Now it is the confidence of the podium [finish], even when he is having a really bad day you have something to lean on and go ‘you know, I did that on that day and I can do it again’.
“He is racing really well. He shows great maturity on race day that was no more clear than in the race in Baku. He kept his head, stayed clear of trouble while still maintaining good pace.
“That sort of maturity normally takes some years to become apparent, so I think he’s showing great promise in that respect.”
If Stroll continues improving at this rate, he will come out as a drive to reckon with in the Grand Prix, Lowe said.
“It is just incremental [learning] in the car over the next one to two years,” said Lowe. “If he keeps up that rate, he will be showing himself to be a very strong competitor.”
Stroll claims Lowe has been the biggest influence on him in Formula 1 and has helped him progress quicker through the learning curve.
Stroll said, “Paddy and I get along very well, I have a lot of time for him, he’s a great person to have in the team, he’s a great leader. He’s a realistic guy, and I really respect that.
“You can’t put your expectations through the roof. If you surprise yourself, great, but if you don’t then just work from there – any other mindset would be wrong.
“If you expect to come in and blow everyone away at 18 years old, that’s a bit ambitious.
“The realistic mindset, being in the process, taking it weekend by weekend, concentrating on one thing at a time, that’s the best way to compete.
“If you let emotions into it and start getting ahead of yourself, it normally goes downhill from there.”