Stroll encouraged by 'positive' Monza weekend
4 September 2017 – Williams rookie Lance Stroll labelled his Italian Grand Prix as "positive" after he followed up a front-row start with seventh position.
Stroll qualified in fourth spot in wet conditions but moved up to second on the grid as a result of engine-related penalties for Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.
He slipped behind Esteban Ocon at the start and was soon overhauled by Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel, before losing out to Kimi Räikkönen due to a slow pit-stop.
Stroll was also usurped by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who ran long on the alternative strategy, but was nonetheless upbeat after scoring seventh spot.
"I am very happy with the race and I think it was a good one," said Stroll.
"I really enjoyed myself. It was a bit of a shame at the start, as we lost position to Ocon, as [Lewis] Hamilton had a bad start and defended, so I had to back off.
"We were in P3 and then both Ferraris and the Mercedes of Bottas overtook.
"I then had a big flat spot at the end of the race, so started to lose time to Ocon and then was defending from Felipe [Massa].
"All in all, the race was very positive. I finished in P7, which was what we were expecting."
Massa finished within a second of Stroll in eighth, having tried to pass his team-mate on the final lap.
"I think it was definitely a good result for the team," said Massa.
"It's always good to score points with both cars. We scored 10 points with both cars.
"I was happy with the race and with the fights. I just had a little touch at the end with Lance, but fortunately nothing happened and we managed to finish well."
Williams solidified fifth position in the Constructors' Championship, 15 points ahead of Toro Rosso.