Stroll: 'We need to work on consistency'

Lance Stroll

A week before the F1 action resumes at Spa, Lance Stroll is hoping Williams will bounce back from the summer break as a more consistent runner.

Williams' target at the outset this year was to lead the mid-field and perhaps give the front-runners an occasional run for their money.

But the team's new-spec FW40 has failed to perform according to the Grove-based outfit's expectations, displaying particular weakness at high-downforce venues.

The flaw has led to inconsistency and a struggle to keep up with fouth-placed team and rival Force India.

"We know that [consistency] is one of our issues, and we're addressing it, but it's not so simple," says Stroll.

"We're not where we want to be every weekend, due to different tracks, tracks that suit out car. Some ways it works and some tracks just don't work with our car.

"We're working on it, but it's not ideal, as sometimes we're comfortably in Q3 and at other tracks we're struggling to get out of Q1, so we need to fix that."

Stroll on the other hand is happy with his performance to date after a rocky start to his F1 career.

Mishaps and crashes cast a doubt in the eyes of the pundits but a string of good results, including a podium finish in Azerbaijan, undoubtedly improved his prospects and his image.

Yet, the 18-year-old Canadian rookie admits he is still very much on a learning curve.

"Every time I get in the car, there is something to work on, but I'm pretty happy with the way it's been going lately," said Stroll.

"Obviously we had our tough moments, which was expected in a first season You have to expect adversity and you have just got to get over it.

"But we had some great moments, scoring points, getting the podium in Baku, and we scored a good amount of points in the first part of the season.

"So far, so good, but there's still a long way to go, so we just have to take it race by race and focus on one thing at a time."

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