Stroll aiming to keep calm and carry on in Australia

Lance Stroll
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Lance Stroll says he's learned a valuable lesson from pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The 18-year-old Canadian had a torrid start in the first week in Spain with several incidents. Fortunately he was able to shrug that off, and had better time of it in the second week.

Stroll indicated that he was going to use the experience to guide him once he gets to Australia.

"It was obviously a frustrating week last week with the couple of things that happened," he admitted. "But we had a good week this week.

"We got all our running in – long runs, short runs, and all compounds of tyres – so it was good.

By the time he had his last outing in the car on Friday, Stroll was clearly learning to love every minute.

"A good day today to end a good week. It was a fun day and I got to put the ultrasofts on and really feel the grip. It was awesome.

"I was on a mega lap on them but I went long into Turn 13, which cost me everything and I lost my lap," he recalled. "I was eight tenths up and it was looking good, but anyway it’s testing.

"It’s all positive stuff," he added.

Whatever challenges Stroll faced in testing will only be an order of magnitude greater in Melbourne. Keeping a level head is top of the rookie's agenda.

"I think we still have to stay calm ahead of Australia and just do our work and then see where we are," he said.

"I don't think we really need to set an objective, as in numbers and stuff, we just need to do our work and see where we are.

"It’s a new track for me as I have never been there, but I’m going to take it step-by-step and run-by-run."

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