Honest Lance Stroll admits he doesn’t like Paul Ricard circuit
Lance Stroll has admitted he doesn't like the Paul Ricard circuit, which will play host to the French Grand Prix this weekend.
The Williams driver knows the circuit well given he took victory there in 2016 when he was racing in Formula 3, but the track, which returns to the F1 calendar for the first time since 1990, isn't one Stroll is particularly excited to drive.
"I know the Paul Ricard track from when I drove in Formula 3. I had a good time there and won a race, but I have to be honest because I can’t say I like it. It is just run offs everywhere and I am not a big fan.
"However, it is always interesting to go back to somewhere I have raced before and see what it is like in a Formula 1 car."
Williams technical boss Paddy Lowe also holds some fond memories of the French circuit during his previous stint with the Grove outfit.
"France has a great history of racing so it will be fantastic to make our first return to the country since the last race was held in 2008 in Magny-Cours.
"This weekend however, Formula 1 returns to Paul Ricard for the first race since 1990. It is a place we know very well with the team having spent many long winters there between 1989-1992.
"There are many memories from our previous visits to Paul Ricard, but one that stands out personally was when Williams first tested traction control here with the FW14B during the winter of 1991. Damon Hill was behind the wheel and he thought it was holding him back, but he was actually a second a lap faster!"