Date: 11th February 2018 at 7:02am
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Lance Stroll will be partnered by Sergey Sirotkin at Williams in 2018 following the retirement of Felipe Massa.

A young and inexperienced line-up could be seen as a point of concern for the team and the drivers, especially following such a change of dynamic in the team with the departure of one of the most experienced drivers on the grid.

But Stroll doesn’t believe that he will see a negative turn with Massa leaving.

?I don?t think I had any guidance from him last year, whatsoever, He was a teammate like any other.

?He was busy trying to drive as fast as he could, and I was trying to drive as fast as I could. That was it. There was nothing more to it than that.’
Stroll told

?I don?t know why people seem to think there was a coach or a mentor thing going on. There wasn?t; it was just him doing his job and me doing mine, and whoever did it better finished ahead.

?Whether my teammate is someone with 15 years? experience or someone of one year’s experience, my approach doesn?t change.?

The 2017 Formula One World Championship proved to be the Williams teams worst season for a number of years.

The combination of Lance Stroll and Massa accumulated just 83 points with a best finish of third at the bizarre Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Whilst Williams did maintain their fifth place finish in the Formula One constructors championship, it was a backward step in comparison to recent seasons.

In fact it has been four consecutive seasons of their points tally diminishing.