Lance Stroll and Williams welcome the 7 th  Place

Lance Stroll and Williams welcome the 7 th Place

Lance Stroll and the WIlliams team were delighted with their race weekend in Monza.

The 18-year-old Quebecker first became the youngest driver to launch a Formula 1 Grand Prix of the front row with his second place acquired in the rain during qualifying Saturday at the Italian Grand Prix.

Lance Stroll and Williams welcome the 7 th  Place

“Starting the race from the first line at the Monza circuit is definitely the most memorable one I will keep this weekend,” said Stroll.

Mont-Tremblant led his Williams to seventh place – just ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa – the second best result of his career after his third place finish in Azerbaijan.

“It’s really a good race. I had a good start, but Hamilton blocked me and I had to release. Afterwards, Esteban Ocon surpassed me in the first corner because I was behind Lewis, who did not have a good start. I had a good pace and I attacked Ocon all the way, but at one point I had to lock the wheels, which damaged one of my tires. I had to handle that for the rest of the race. It caused a lot of vibration. A seventh place is therefore very satisfactory. ”

“Our two drivers had a good start, but unfortunately for Lance, he quickly lost a position at Ocon and it was pretty good at the time,” Williams technical director Paddy Lowe said. I think we had a bit more speed than the Force India [Sunday]. We could have traveled back to Ocon, but we had a little problem during the Lance pit stop, which is rather unusual. Lance pushed the car back to the track, but he was not able to join Ocon. ”

This seventh Stroll allows it to rise to 12 th  rank in the drivers’ standings with 24 points, seven less than Massa, 11 th .

“These 10 points raised by Lance and Felipe, we needed so much at this point in the championship,” Lowe added.

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