Connect with us

Azerbaijan GP

Stroll simply ignore critics with impressive podium

Published

on

2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku: Lance Stroll become the youngest F1 rookie to reach podium in Baku for Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The 18-year-old Canadian, son of billionaire investor Lawrence Stroll, silenced his critics with his top-three finish in only his eighth outing and simply ignored opponents.

The reigning European F3 champion is gaining momentum, and putting the doubts about his ability to perform at the highest level to rest.

The Canadian was just 12 days older than Dutchman Max Verstappen was when he won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix on debut with Red Bull.

“I am a bit lost for words,” said Stroll. “It was such an intense race, a crazy race, and so much happened — the red flag and hopping out of the car and hopping back in and having to reset. It happened so quickly.

“Today where we did well was to stay out of trouble, let some other drivers make mistakes and get to the end. I can’t describe how I feel. It’s a dream come true -? every racing driver wants to stand on the podium at a Formula One race.”

The Williams rookie was only beaten to second place by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas on the final straight.

“I don’t think it proves a point,? said Stroll who came in for a stream of criticism for his results earlier in the season.

“I don’t listen to that stuff, it is just noise. I had it last year when I had the perfect year and this year when I had some tough times.

“I am just happy with myself. It is all just noise in the background, I don’t care. Sometimes jumping F3 to F1 is quite big and it took time to try to understand,” said Stroll.

“We took a different direction with the set-up, shifting away after Bahrain and from Barcelona taking a different direction with the car.

“We came back to it this weekend and that set-up gives me more confidence, I am able to push the car. It gives me confidence and comfort. I will keep working on things moving forward. “I can improve a lot, it just takes a bit of time. This year is a very different formula for me and I need to experience it, come bac and figure this and that out. ”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F13 days ago

Sirotkin sponsor wanted discount for 2019

Sergey Sirotkin should not be too disappointed that his F1 career is over. That is the view of Mika Salo,...

2018 F13 days ago

Hartley thought he had ‘long term contract’

His F1 adventure may be over for now, but Brendon Hartley says his motor racing career is still very much...

2018 F14 days ago

No ‘off season’ for axed F1 driver Vandoorne

There will be no winter ‘off season’ for one 2018 F1 driver. Dropped by McLaren, Stoffel Vandoorne has been snapped...

2018 F14 days ago

Super Formula ‘good training ground for F1’ – Marko

Japan’s Super Formula is now a “good training ground” for Red Bull’s future F1 drivers. That is the view of...

2018 F14 days ago

Departing Ericsson says F1 ‘artificial’

Marcus Ericsson has departed F1 by saying the category is “a bit artificial”. The Swede drove in F1 for Caterham...

2018 F14 days ago

Todt proud to ‘fight’ for Halo

Jean Todt says he is proud he continued to “fight” for Halo. The cockpit protection innovation was highly controversial from...

2018 F14 days ago

Horner sad to farewell Ricciardo

Christian Horner admits he is sad that Daniel Ricciardo has left Red Bull. The team boss said Australian Ricciardo alongside...

2018 F14 days ago

Bad season not all Bottas’ fault – Salo

Former F1 driver Mika Salo has defended Valtteri Bottas at the end of a bad season for his fellow Finn....

2018 F14 days ago

Ecclestone doubts F1 will race in Miami, London

Bernie Ecclestone doubts Liberty Media’s ability to deliver a second US grand prix on the streets of Miami. Plans for...

2018 F16 days ago

Top two teams could tempt Alonso – Briatore

Fernando Alonso will return to formula one “if Mercedes or Ferrari” come knocking. That is the view of Flavio Briatore,...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media