Stroll 'proud' after securing front row start
2 September 2017 – Williams rookie Lance Stroll declared himself "proud" after qualifying fourth fastest for the Italian Grand Prix, with penalties promoting him to the front row of the grid.
Stroll was one of the standout performers in a delayed wet session at Monza, cruising through to Q3, where he led Williams' charge, comfortably ahead of experienced team-mate Felipe Massa.
Having briefly held second to Lewis Hamilton, Stroll slipped back to fourth, behind Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, but both Red Bull drivers will take grid drops.
Stroll will thus become the youngest driver to start a Formula 1 race on the front row, ahead of Force India's Esteban Ocon, Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes and the Ferrari drivers.
"I'm proud, I really had a great time," said Stroll.
"I know we've been struggling a lot in the past few weekends in the dry, not being able to get out of Q1, but today, just to put it together, felt really good."
Stroll, having never lapped in wet weather before, posed a time over a second quicker than Massa.
"It was a lot of fun, the car felt good," he commented.
"I've never driven a Formula 1 car in the wet, so I just tossed it around and it worked out today.
"The race is tomorrow, so we've got to stay focused, starting from the front row of the grid, and hopefully we can have a good one."
Massa is set to start seventh after the aforementioned penalties.