Lance Stroll has the speed and capability to match Racing Point team-mate Sergio Perez’s points tally in 2020, according to boss Otmar Szafnauer.
Stroll joined the Racing Point outfit, owned by father Lawrence, for 2019 after spending the first two years of his Formula 1 career with Williams.
Perez scored 52 points to earn a top 10 slot in the standings last year while Stroll amassed 21, as Racing Point classified seventh in the championship.
“It is his second year with us, he is on the steep end of the learning curve,” said Szafnauer on Stroll.
“He has got the speed, it is just understanding the people around him, [as a] team we have made some adjustments as well to help him, so I’m very confident that he will score as many points as Sergio, and that is exactly what we need to finish fourth.
“The years we did not finish fourth it was because were not consistently in the points with both cars, and when we were not in the points with both cars it was because something happened to one of them.
“But the opportunity for both of them to score points was always there, and that is exactly what we are targeting. And I think it’ll happen.”
On the progress Stroll feels Racing Point has made with its RP20, the Canadian said: “It’s all relative to the competition. I haven’t driven the other cars, so I don’t know…no one knows what others are doing.
“But forgetting about everyone else, and thinking about ourselves, we’ve definitely made some big steps and I think we’re in a much better place right now than we were this time last year, which is a good thing.”