Italian Grand Prix – Williams took home points with both cars on Sunday, following the disqualification of Haas’ Romain Grosjean from the results.
Monza was a much more competitive showing overall for Williams, with the shortcomings of the FW41 not as pronounced at a track that requires brute power moreso than aerodynamic elegance. Qualifying P10, Lance Stroll finished in the same position at the chequered flag but was promoted to P9 after a post-race disqualification for Haas’ Romain Grosjean.
“Feeling good is an understatement.” beamed the Canadian. “I hoped we would score points, but I didn’t really expect it. We didn’t expect coming into today we would have the pace to stay there, but we did. We were following Sainz all race and were catching him a little bit towards the end, so I am really happy with the job we did today and all weekend.”
“We really nailed it this weekend in qualifying, the race and with the strategy. It was one of those weekends where it all just came together. The key was just solid work all weekend and everyone in the team played their part. I think this track suited us, but I am still going to be positive going into Singapore, as there last year we had pretty poor pace in qualifying, so qualified 18th, but finished eighth. There are always opportunities.”
Sergey Sirotkin, who spoke to the press before the news filtered through of the disqualification, ended up classified in P10, and said he felt he could have achieved more: “It was a good race but not good enough. We had the pace to be in the points but unfortunately, as we saw, I wasn’t the luckiest car with blue flags and where I got them on track. There was a lot of race time lost there which is a shame. I enjoyed the fight and how the car felt pleased me. It allowed me to participate in a good fight and I really enjoyed it.”
Sirotkin’s solitary point is his first ever in Formula 1.