Szafnauer excited by Stroll’s potential
Racing Level staff principal Otmar Szafnauer says Lance Stroll confirmed nice potential in his first full season with the staff following his swap from Williams.
Stroll adopted his father Lawrence to Racing Level after the latter headed up a consortium that took management of the staff in the summertime of 2018, and scored on his debut, with fourth place being his finest end result from six top-10 finishes. Szafnauer says the primary season working with Stroll has highlighted the place the Canadian wants to enhance however he’s excited by the bottom efficiency the 21-year-old is ready to construct from.
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“I see nice potential, he’s a quick racing automotive driver,” Szafnauer informed RACER. “What we’ve acquired to show him is the stuff across the edges. We don’t actually have to show him drive quick, he’s acquired that – he’s lower than 0.2s per lap slower than Checo (Sergio Perez) in qualifying on common, and race tempo is even smaller.
“So it’s not that, it’s all the opposite stuff that goes together with Method 1 racing, and you may’t train that in a single day. That takes time. He’s had an important first 12 months, scored some good factors for the staff, and this coming season I’m sure he will likely be even higher. He will likely be on that trajectory – that studying curve, the steep little bit of it – so he’ll do even higher in 2020.”
Though Stroll himself admitted his hyperlinks to his father made the swap to Racing Level virtually inevitable, Szafnauer mentioned he had no considerations taking up the teen from a tempo standpoint, however the greatest unknown was his means to enhance.
“He positively met expectations, and exceeded them in some regards,” he mentioned. “We didn’t fairly know, as a result of it’s laborious to inform by only a simulator session or two how clever he’s and the way shortly he learns. In order that, he positively exceeded. His tempo, we knew he was fast so he met the tempo expectations, so in whole we have been impressed.”
The extra skilled Perez outscored Stroll by 52 factors to 21, and Szafnauer places a part of that hole right down to expertise in addition to the Mexican’s consistency.
“Checo’s executed an important job,” he mentioned. “Lance has executed an important job too, however he’s studying, he was in his first 12 months with us, Checo’s been right here for fairly a while and he’s a key member of our staff. He is aware of what we’re about, we don’t have to show him anymore and he’s executed a superb job.”