Lance Stroll Laments His Fortune – Physical and Virtual

Williams Rookie Lance Stroll expressed frustration how he can’t seem to best two corners at Monaco – both in real life and in his game.

Despite doing all that he can, Formula One appears to still have Lance Stroll in the clutches of rookie-dom. The Williams and F1 newcomer has been the subject of many crashes – both self-imposed and outsider-related, but he’s gotten back up every time to try again and again. His efforts to improve have been clearly noticeable, but the young rookie has pushed it a bit too far in Monaco, where he lost the rear of his car and crashed at Massanet in FP2.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – APRIL 16: Lance Stroll of Canada and Williams walks in the Paddock before the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 16, 2017 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Despite yet another rather cost-inducing crash. Though the same cannot be said for William’s financial department, the young driver has put on a fresh coat of peppy spirits to force himself to look on the positive side of things.

“I was really happy with the day, other than the little crash at the end.

I’m going to look at the little areas that I need to improve on for Saturday – corner eight [Portier] and the last corner are the two places I really need to improve on.

It really pisses me off, because every time I play the PlayStation game, it’s always those corners that I couldn’t get right, and in reality, it’s still those two corners!

So that’s the focus for Saturday, a bit more time in the car in FP3 and still build up to a few parts of the track.” – Lance Stroll

Now, there’s nothing wrong with the young Stroll using video games as a supplemental way to learn and practice courses that he’ll be competing on throughout the year. In fact, with the ever-evolving realism and physics models that newer iterations of popular Motorsports games sport, one could argue that they have begun to bridge the gap between entertainment and simulation. Still, the comment can’t help but highlight Lance’s youth.

Williams’ Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (R) shares a joke with teammate Canadian driver Lance Stroll during a press conference in Melbourne on March 23, 2017, ahead of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix. / AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE — (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

As the youngest driver out on the grid, he’s got a lot to prove and live up to – especially considering that Max Verstappen became the first driver at the age of 18 to win a Grand Prix just last year. It’s a highly competitive world out there, and the pressure is immense – that’s why it’s good that stroll has a teammate like Felipe Massa, who has be doing his utmost to help the young driver through his growing pains:

“First time in Monaco, man, these things happen. He just hit the guard rail.

Many people crash here in their first time – ‘welcome to Monaco’ is maybe the right words to use.

The positive thing is that he was doing good laptimes today, he was competitive, even more competitive than he was in Barcelona, a track that he knows.

Monaco is Monaco and you just need to understand that, whatever mistake, maybe can finish your session.” – Felipe Massa

How the Monaco GP weekend will unfold for Stroll is impossible to tell. His starts so far have been promising to only end in a DNF due to his own doing or someone else. Get back on that Playstation tonight and he could nail the corners he’s struggling with. Maybe Williams should look into replacing the steering wheel with a PS4 controller?