Stewart defends Williams' Lance Stroll


Sir Jackie Stewart is following Claire Williams' lead when it comes to assessing the performance of rookie Lance Stroll.

The Groved-based outfit's deputy team principal believes the bad rap given to the 18-year-old isn't justified and that leniency and patience should prevail when judging the young hopeful.

"He is being treated unfairly and gratuitously," she is quoted by the Journal de Montreal.

"Like any new driver, it takes time. And he's a very young driver who has a lot to learn."

F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart agrees with Williams.

"I think, like many others, we will have to wait at least a year before we assess him," the Scot said.

"I have not been surprised by his difficulties, in fact.

"F1 is the pinnacle of motor racing and it takes time before you can compete against the best in the discipline. But he has proven he has the talent to succeed," said the 77-year-old Stewart.

"He's in a good environment, a good team with Williams who have developed great drivers in the past."

And ahead of Stroll's first home grand prix in Montreal next weekend, Stewart also thinks the Canadian public needs to give the driver time as well.

"Canada wants another Villeneuve, but you were spoiled with Gilles, who in my opinion was the most reckless driver in the history of Formula 1, but also one of the most brilliant.

"And his son Jacques was able to take over in a remarkable way," Stewart added.


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