Lance Stroll says that feeling good following the Italian Grand Prix is an understatement after he picked up Williams' second top ten finish of the season. Stroll maintained his qualifying position to cross the line in 10th place, ahead of teammate Sergey Sirotkin.
The result comes amid a torrid season for the Grove squad. At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix earlier this season, Stroll picked up four points for himself and Williams, bringing home an 8th place finish. However, the team hasn't had a sniff of finishing inside the points since.
Williams remains in last place in the constructor's standings, 13 points away from ninth-placed Sauber. But Stroll says that the latest addition of points is a much needed boost for the team, and has commended his colleagues for their efforts.
"Feeling good is an understatement," the Canadian said. "I hoped we would score points, but I didn't really expect it. We didn't expect coming into today we would have the pace to stay there, but we did. We were following Sainz all race and were catching him a little bit towards the end, so I am really happy with the job we did today and all weekend.
"We really nailed it this weekend in qualifying, the race and with the strategy. It was one of those weekends where it all just came together. The key was just solid work all weekend and everyone in the team played their part," he added.
The future of the 19-year-old is not entirely clear, however it is expected that he will be moving to Force India before the end of the season. With that deal expected to happen after Singapore, Stroll is eyeing more points for Williams in two weeks' time.
"I think this track suited us, but I am still going to be positive going into Singapore, as there last year we had pretty poor pace in qualifying, so qualified 18th, but finished eighth. There are always opportunities," Stroll concluded.
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