Lance Stroll is happy with his performance at the Italian Grand Prix, but admits that the result could have been slightly better. The 18-year-old started on the front row for the very time in his Formula 1 career but dropped down to third at the first corner.
"It was good," he said. "Could've been better. There were parts of the race that weren't perfect. Lewis [Hamilton] didn't have such a great start which blocked me and meant I had to back off and give the position to Esteban [Ocon]. The pace was strong and it was a shame about the pitstop. That was our opportunity to jump him. A good P7 which was awesome."
While battling with Ocon and teammate Felipe Massa, Stroll locked a tyre pretty heavily which resulted in a flat spot. That, in turn, caused a vibration through the car meaning he couldn't see very well but admitted it was just an aspect of racing.
"I had a massive flat spot so couldn't see much but racing is racing. I really enjoyed myself. Every opportunity that I have to be in positions that I was today is strategy that I'll learn. Days like today and Baku, I feel like I'm getting better and better. It was a very special moment for me [starting on the front row]. Qualifying was probably the highlight of the weekend, being able to do what I did in those conditions."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing