Lance Stroll says that even an experienced driver wouldn't lift Williams out of its current struggles. The Grove squad is the clear backmarker for the 2018 season scoring 7 points in the 14 races so far, which leaves them at the bottom of the championship.
Stroll is in just his second year in Formula 1, while teammate Sergey Sirotkin is enduring his rookie season. The Russian driver scored his first point in the series last time out in Monza, after Romain Grosjean was disqualified from the race.
SIrotkin replaced Felipe Massa at the team, who retired from Formula 1 at the end of the 2017 season. Massa raced in Formula 1 in 2002, and then ran 14 consecutive seasons with stints at Sauber, Ferrari and Williams. However Stroll doesn't think that a driver with Massa's experience would help it now.
“I think I have answered that question a few times this year, I wouldn’t say so,” he said to Motorsport Week when questioned on the matter. “Generally we are struggling in different areas this year and it’s been since day one with how the car has been behaving and the development throughout the year so I would say we are facing other challenges this year.
“If I take for example for McLaren, I am not in a position to comment on what they’re doing but if you look at Alonso, he has a lot of experience and [in Belgium] they were struggling the same way we were.
“We were almost the same pace in qualifying so you could say the same about them. I am just putting an example, I am not commenting in anyway about what they’re doing as I am not in a position to do that but that in my eyes says it all,” he added.
Despite his results not reflecting as well as they did 12 months ago, the Canadian says that he is driving better now than he did during maiden season: “I am still looking at some data, mine from last year and how I drove the car last year and how I managed tyres and other things, and I can feel generally that I am more complete this year."
“I am more on top of the car, I have a better understanding of how to get the most out of the car in qualifying and the race. Like with any team-mate, we are always trying to work together, get the most out of each other and pushing each other – it’s what a team-mate is there for. I think the same kind of concept this year.”
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