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Stroll admits he is 'far' from true potential

24th December 2018, 15:09 by Craig Smithson

Lance Stroll is looking forward to joining Racing Point in 2019 but claims he is "very far" from reaching his maximum potential in F1.

The 20-year-old Canadian driver departed Williams at the end of the 2018 season after two years with the Grove-based outfit.

It turned out to be a dismal campaign for the team as a whole as Stroll picked up just six points all season, while his team-mate Sergey Sirotkin finished two places below him at the bottom of the drivers' standings with just one point.

Williams also finished at the bottom of the constructors' standings - 26 points behind 19th-placed Toro Rosso.

It resulted in the team bringing in a new-look driver line-up with Robert Kubica and George Russell taking over, while Stroll is moving on to the old Force India team, which has been renamed for 2019.

Looking at his final season at Williams, he told RaceFans.net: "We picked up very few points but the few times that I picked up points were big highlights because we beat quicker cars around us. Same thing in qualifying: I scrapped into Q2, got into Q3 in Monza, they've really been big achievements because it's the performance has been really.

"All in all, I do believe I'm a more complete driver today than I was a year ago.

"But I think that I just haven't been able to demonstrate that due to the package. Which is the nature of the sport, that's how it goes some years and you have to accept that as a driver."

Stroll is looking forward to joining up with Racing Point in the New Year and admitted that he still has a lot of work to do before he is the complete F1 driver.

He said: "I (have) just turned 20 years old and I still believe I'm very far from reaching my full potential.

"Every year I try to keep chipping away at it. Over the winter this year I'm going to reflect and work on my weaknesses and build on my strengths."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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