Williams drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll finished today’s Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix in 12th and 13th place respectively, both gaining a number of positions in a chaotic turn 1, a frightening accident triggered by Nico Hulkenberg in the Renault (Hulk smash?) leading to a quarter of the field retiring either directly, or later as a result of damage sustained in the collision.
Starting in 15th place, Sirotkin found himself in a tangle with an out-of-position Bottas on the first lap and was lucky to be able to continue. He went on to finish ahead of Vandoorne and Hartley, also mixing it with the likes of Sauber and Renault in a race in which he felt like there was a definite step forward in relation to the competition since returning from the summer break.
Starting (and indeed finishing) a place behind Sirotkin, Stroll too was buoyed by Williams’ ability to race those around him. ‘I felt we were better compared to the rest of the field today than we have been recently, and that is a positive sign. Renault was a bit quicker than us, but not too much quicker.‘
Positive signs for the second half of the season, where there are plenty of points to play for. Next up, Monza.