Claire Williams says the work Lance Stroll is placing in for the crew away from highlight of a Components 1 race weekend offers her confidence the Canadian teenager is assembly expectations as she refutes criticisms from Jacques Villeneuve.
After Stroll’s maiden house race in Montreal his fellow countryman and former F1 world champion Villeneuve branded ‘one of many worst rookie performers within the historical past of F1’.
Stroll shrugged off Villeneuve’s feedback and duly silenced any additional criticisms with a maiden podium within the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, however questions have nonetheless remained across the 18-year-old’s efficiency ranges in F1.
Requested about her response to Villeneuve’s criticisms of Stroll, Claire Williams says the crew believes he has already confirmed his value within the sport and can proceed to present him the chance to silence the critics.
“With regard to Jacques’ feedback, he is clearly been fairly vocal within the media,” Williams mentioned. “I do not wish to go into an enormous quantity of element about it. I do not assume there’s any want.
“The way in which that Lance describes it, he simply desires to get on and let his observe efficiency do the speaking. I feel that is what we must always do as a result of that is when the critics will cease. When Lance proves he deserves to be in Components One, which all of us at Williams consider anyway.
“You will have solely simply seen the outcomes on the race observe however when you may see the exhausting work he is put in behind the scenes over the course of the 12 months, it has been actually spectacular. This can be a huge step-up from the junior components. I feel individuals can underestimate that step at instances.
“He is delivered in opposition to all the pieces we anticipated of him and I am trying ahead to seeing how he’ll transfer ahead for the remainder of the 12 months. It is nice to now have two automobiles which can be scoring factors for us within the Constructors’ Championship.”
In 1996, Villeneuve joined F1 as a reigning IndyCar champion and in his rookie marketing campaign driving for Williams completed the 12 months runner-up on the planet championship to team-mate Damon Hill.
A 12 months later Villeneuve went one step higher by clinching the F1 world title with Williams in 1997 within the season Michael Schumacher was infamously disqualified after intentionally crashing into Villeneuve on the season finale.
Midway by way of his rookie F1 season, Stroll has secured three factors finishes together with his maiden podium in Baku and is 5 factors off of team-mate Felipe Massa on the planet drivers’ championship.