Stroll expected 'adversity' in rookie season
15 August 2017 – Williams rookie Lance Stroll says he braced himself for moments of "adversity" when he stepped up to Formula 1 and is pleased with the progress he has made so far.
Stroll struggled relative to experienced team-mate Felipe Massa early in the season, failing to score a point over the first six races amid a lack of pace, incidents and reliability issues.
However, he made a breakthrough on home soil in Canada, where he finished ninth, before capitalising on the drama in Azerbaijan to claim his maiden podium.
Reflecting on the first half of the season, Stroll made clear that he always expected challenging moments, but is proud of his personal development.
"Every time I get in the car, there is something to work on, but I'm pretty happy with the way it's been going lately," commented Stroll.
"Obviously we had our tough moments, which was expected in a first season... you have to expect adversity and you have just got to get over it.
"But we had some great moments, scoring points, getting the podium in Baku, and we scored a good amount of points in the first part of the season.
"So far, so good, but there's still a long way to go, so we just have to take it race by race and focus on one thing at a time."
Stroll says his and Williams' main aim following the summer break is to be more consistent, having experienced peaks and troughs at different tracks.
"We know that [consistency] is one of our issues, and we're addressing it, but it's not so simple," he said.
"We're not where we want to be every weekend, due to different tracks, tracks that suit out car... some ways it works and some tracks just don't work with our car.
"We're working on it, but it's not ideal, as sometimes we're comfortably in Q3 and at other tracks we're struggling to get out of Q1, so we need to fix that.
Asked if that is down to the car or the team's approach, he added: "It's the car; at the race track we work quite well to get the car in the best possible shape for the weekend.
"There are a lot of details, mechanically how it works, aerodynamically...
"Our strength is on faster tracks with more straights, so we can use our car to our advantage at short tracks like Monaco; Austria we struggled a bit more, but we can't hide that.
"Moving forward we need to stay positive and try to cure those issues."
Stroll sits 12th in the standings on 18 points, five behind Massa.