According to Bertrand Godin, Lance Stroll has lived in Williams, in 2018, the worst that automobile racing can provide to a driver. He believes, however, that the single-seater developed by Racing this year will enable to Stroll to value.
After a first season that has allowed him to pick up his first podium finish and to take the start from the front row at the Grand Prix of Italy at only 18 years old in 2017, the Montreal has had to cope with a car very low competitive designed for Williams the following year.
At the wheel of the worst car in the plateau, Stroll struggled often not to finish in last place. A reality that has certainly been detrimental to his development.
“It is certain that we could not really see the potential of Lance Stroll, recently explained Godin. He arrived in F1 with a certain degree of confidence, because he had won the championship in F3 [european]. All this confidence has been destroyed [by the slump in Williams] and there is nothing worse, mentally.”
“I think he has experienced the worst of the competition,” has not hesitated to say Godin.
Then, in 2019, Stroll is spent in Racing, the team that his father had saved from bankruptcy a few months earlier. If, previously, under the banner of Force India, the company had often obtained excellent results, the lack of funds has made it difficult for the development of the single-seater for the campaign in 2019.
The funding was however back when the time came to create the car of this year, and the first few spins of the wheel have been very promising.
“Looking at the winter test, I was so happy. When we arrived to the tests, it was seen that Racing Point has changed a lot. They had recovered a team in bankruptcy, and, therefore, that there was more fact development. It is for this reason that, in the past year, the experience of Sergio Perez has still been beneficial to fetch some good results.”
“When the confidence comes back and that we feel competitive, we see a driver completely different. And this is the kind of driver that I would expect to see in Lance Stroll this year.”
The year of Verstappen?
Godin also commented on the situation of Sebastian Vettel, who is left without steering wheel after the season 2020, due to an amicable divorce with Ferrari. The Quebec sees with a good eye an association with Mercedes and, at the same time, with Lewis Hamilton.
Thus, the holders of nine of the last 10 championships would be brought together within one and the same stable. In this way, Hamilton would have a tough adversary, and its success would be more glorious.
“Hamilton went to pick up too many titles easily. [Vettel at Mercedes], this would be great for the sport. At this time, we would have a fight like at the time of [Nico] Rosberg. And I think Hamilton would be grown up.”
Passionate about motor racing, Godin did not hesitate to take the plunge and make a prediction on who will be the next world champion of Formula 1.
“The Red Bull! The Red Bull. I’m going with [Max] Verstappen”, he concluded.