Lance Stroll says the most important thing for him to have as a teammate at Williams is a driver who is a team player.
Williams is currently weighing up who should partner the young Canadian in 2018, having assessed both Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin during the Pirelli tire test in Abu Dhabi. Sirotkin has emerged as the favorite for the seat but no final decision will be made until January, and Stroll is keen to have a teammate with whom he can work positively.
“I just want a team player,” Stroll said. “At the end of the day you drive your car and that is what you focus on with yourself and your side of the garage, but of course it is always good to have a good relationship.
“You never want to have a negative battle or the team splitting up in any way. You always want someone pushing you all the time who is competitive and at the top of their game so you can become a better driver. It comes down to what Williams decides to do, and I will live with that.”
As he will only be going into his second year in Formula 1 himself, Stroll says he won’t be handing out too much advice to whoever his new teammate is next season, even if it’s a rookie in the form of Sirotkin.
“I think it comes down to him settling into the team,” he said. “In F1 nobody is here to help you; you have to make your place and that is done by everyone individually. I hope to have a good relationship with my teammate, but I’ll be doing me and he’ll be doing him.”
Reflecting on former teammate Felipe Massa – who retired from F1 at the end of 2017 – Stroll says the Brazilian is a good example of someone he was able to work successfully alongside.
“I didn’t expect anything so I didn’t know what his capabilities were as a driver before being teammates with him,” Stroll said. “He’s obviously very quick, and been very quick throughout his career, winning many races and had many pole positions. You don’t stay in Formula 1 for 15 or 16 years without being competitive, so it has been a pleasure working alongside him and I wish him all the best for the future.”