spiritone wrote:Next year will be the big test for stroll as he has had a year to get up to speed and now he will need to prove he belongs. I think he knows this better than anyone else. He has shown flashes of speed but now he needs to be consistent to shut up his critics.
I would argue he was pretty consistent last year.
He was consistent? In what possible way?
Scoring? He started the year failing to score in any of six races, then he scored in three straight, then failed to score for another three, then three straight again, then even that pattern broke down at the end.
Gap to Massa? Not that either. Yes, he was usually behind Massa in qualifying, but the gap fluctuated wildly. In a five-race span between Belgium and Japan, he was 1.1 seconds down, then 1.2 seconds up, then 7 tenths down, then only 3 tenths down, then suddenly back up to 1.1 seconds down again. His pace was as much as two seconds different relative to Massa from one weekend to the next. That's a huge difference.
Crashing? This would be the only place he was consistent, since he only had one at-fault collision all year long, and no retirements due to collisions after his first three races.