Szafnauer said it wasn’t any real surprise to watch Stroll get right up to date fast in new surroundings.
“they can pedal acar,” Szafnauer said of Stroll. “It will be interesting, because he’s a gutsy racer too like Checo [Perez], so I am convinced there will be races at which it’s one versus the other.
“But that’s what we need, we need just two good drivers, and we all got them both.”
Stroll won German F4, European F 3 along with Toyota Racing Series titles in his real estate career, and scored a podium at Baku in his rookie f 1 effort.
However, he had been largely secondbest to Felipe Massa at Williams that year, and fought to assert himself over newcomer Sergey Sirotkin the next season because the Grove-based team slipped down the sequence.
Asked whether Stroll, whose arrival at Racing Point meant the highly-rated Esteban Ocon was abandoned the grid, was not receiving the recognition he deserved, Szafnauer said:”I think over time that could change. He will get the credit.
“Because he’s good. He’s very good.
“you do not win those chords too, coming from your junior formulae, if you fail to drive an automobile. He’s won everything [he participates in] so our anticipation was that he had been good.
“We conducted him from the simulator at the beginning, and were [thinking]’ooh, he’s good’.”
Racing point technician leader Andy Green added:”We have seen it, I have said it directly from the beginning.
“[Stroll] captured at the vehicle in the Abu Dhabi [2018 post-season] evaluation, was quick right away. Guy’s got ability .”
Stroll qualified down the sequence in Melbourne later coming up on traffic in Q1, but recovered from the race having a solid start and also an alternative strategy.
He saw off Daniil Kvyat and also Pierre Gasly at the Conclusion of the race to pick up a ninth-place finish.
“When he had been in clear air, because he had been running the alternative strategy, he put some great lap-times,” Szafnauer stated.
“And when he came under great pressure, from Kvyat notably, and Kvyat and Gasly, he did not put a foot wrong.”
Green added:”After he asked him to push, he pushed, without the mistake, and then he held his position very maturely. It’s fantastic to see.”
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