Stroll enjoys opportunity to 'experiment'
19 April 2017 – Williams rookie Lance Stroll says his half day at the wheel of the FW40 during in-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit provided the perfect chance to "experiment".
Stroll has failed to finish his first three races in F1, having retired with brake failure in Australia, before being hit by Sergio Pérez on the first lap in China and Carlos Sainz Jr. in Bahrain.
Stroll racked up 35 laps through Tuesday morning's running at Sakhir, using several tyre compounds and making minor set-up changes, on his way to the seventh fastest time.
Speaking after his test run, Stroll said: "I used multiple sets of tyres trying different little things, nothing special, just tweaking bits and more driving for myself, which is always good.
"I need to try small changes to see how the car feels. It really is about the simple stuff.
"For me, all the seat time I can get is good, as there is always something I can gain from being in the car.
"With tests like this when we are not limited on what we can do, it is just good to experiment. That is something Williams knows I have to do and also I know that myself.
"For sure, I am out there competing and trying my best, but it is also about understanding and learning before I can reach the maximum of my capability as a racing driver."
Felipe Massa took over for the afternoon, clocking the fifth fastest time, before handing the car to simulator driver Gary Paffett for Wednesday's final day of running.