JoeE wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:11 am
rscsr wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:50 pm
tinvek wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:32 pm
given how bad the car is and the lack of an experienced driver to try and develop the car and guide him through a very trying period, stroll isn't actually doing too bad if you just look at his performances, it's just his personality in interviews that stops me liking him, an attitude of "we've got money so everyone must be nice to me".
to be honest i can understand stroll senior not being happy as he can see his money and his son's career being wasted but there's no excuse to treat paddy like that where it can be caught on camera, once again it smells of "we've got the money and don't care about you "
I don't quite get how someone can think that Stroll is doing a good job. Yeah he is about as fast as Sirotkin, but he was last year quite often a second slower than Massa, after all that preparation the year before.
In my book both are about on the same level as Ericsson, and Leclerc is usually more than 7 tenths quicker than Ericsson.
So I think the main problem with the performance of Williams is just down to the drivers and a non-paydriver would put the car somewhere around 10-12th.
even with been stuck in a "dud", if you listen to him on the radio, you soon see hes a slow learner, always asking question and always confused about what is going on with. money or not, hes just not learning quick enough
i agree with placing him at the same level as ericsson, i don't think he'll ever be world champion but he's a solid number 2 driver for a team at williams' current level, i never said he was doing a good job but at the same time i don't think he's as bad as some claim, the fact that he normally does well on the first lap points to some good racing instinct and ability and whilst he does appear to be a bit "slow" at picking up the situation etc, we don't know how much of that is down to the williams environment / driver development plus as has been pointed out elsewhere, the radio clips from liberty can be misleading and seem at times to be used to portray a different story to what the full conversations show.
i always thought sirotkin never shone in lower formula and he always looked like the type of driver that would never get to F1 but would be a good safe pair of hands in LMP2 but maybe williams have seen something, apart from money, from their testing that made them sign him.
it's quite possible that williams see sirotkin as the perfect number 2 driver but choosing or needing stroll as their number 1 is depriving them of the experienced leadership and input they clearly need at this time. at the very least they should be giving one of the friday morning slots to an experienced driver and use the same driver at every race to provide some consistent feedback, if kubica is unwilling / unable to do that, williams should find another ASAP, an experienced driver won't design a better car but he would provide better feedback and a comparison to how a good car should feel, neither stroll, despite all his pre F1 testing, nor sirotkin have ever experienced a proper mid field car under the current aero regulations, and may well think that a characteristic of the williams behaviour is just a normal for a a current F1 car when in fact it is a fundamental problem.
what ever they do, williams needs to do something fast, before they disappear down an ever shrinking viscous circle of poor results leading to poor income leading to poor results etc till they become another team lotus