Stroll: Lewis does not crash or make stupid mistakes

Lance Stroll has endured his annus horribilis this year, but amid his struggles, he has witnessed Lewis Hamilton’s remarkable title-winning season and attributes the Mercedes driver’s success to the fact that he never makes mistakes which gave him the crucial edge in the title fight with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Speaking ahead of the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Stroll said of Hamilton, “I’m not at Mercedes and I don’t know what happens behind the scenes, but rarely do you see Lewis crash or make stupid mistakes. I think that, ultimately, the key to winning a championship is to keep scoring points.”

The young Williams driver alluding to the fact that Vettel and Ferrari were their own worst enemies, the German and his Italian team error-prone when it mattered on more than one occasion.

“If you are in third place, but battling for second would be a risk, in that case it is best to be satisfied with what you have and bag the points. All these points add up and he has shown that he can do these past two seasons.

This year Mercedes were pushed hard by Ferrari who arguably had the best package for a number of races during the campaign, the Reds winning the first two races of the season and showing strongly until Mercedes, Hamilton in particular, ramped up their effort in the latter half of the season and did the business with three races remaining int he title fight.

Last time out in Brazil the Briton and his teammate Valtteri Bottas did enough to clinch the constructors’ title as well – making it ten titles in five years for the Anglo-German outfit.

Stroll continued, “It was nice to see him and Sebastian in two different cars that I would say were equal. Maybe one was a bit more competitive than the other, I don’t know, but if so it is just small details.”

“However, [Hamilton] beat Vettel by driving better than him. For this reason, he deserves the utmost respect as a driver. In a Formula 1 season with 21 races, being able to be at your best every weekend is easier said than done. As a result, great respect to him,” added the Canadian 20-year-old.

Despite having the ‘same’ engine as Hamilton bolted on to his Williams, Stroll has toiled with an ‘evil’ car this season, a couple of top ten finishes, amounting to six points in total, is all he has to show for a season spent in the wilderness and at the wrong end of proceedings.