The Rookie
Maxim Australia|April 2017

Following his domination of the European Formula, 18-year-old LANCE STROLL makes the step-up to the main game this year. We catch up with the Canadian to talk preparation for his debut year with Williams...

Stewart Bell

How are you feeling about your debut F1 season and how much of a step-up are you expecting it to be?

I’m expecting it to be a big step but I think I’m preparing myself well over the winter, so I’m really looking forward to it. It should be a really exciting season.

You smashed the European F3 championship this year. What lessons can you take from it into F1?

I think it’s just generally a great championship to compete in, and to win. It’s a long championship with 30 races; all tracks pretty much that we do in Formula 1 as well, on the European calendar. So that’s good — and the competition level is really high. It’s really important to manage the championship well, and that is a good lesson for Formula 1. For any championship you need to be consistent, you need to score good points every and I hope to bring that into Formula 1.

Williams is an historic name to make your debut with, your countryman Jacques Villeneuve doing the same in 1996. Was this a dream team for you growing up, and have you spoken with Jacques since signing?

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