Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack has hailed Lance Stroll's performance in the Canadian Grand Prix, despite the 24-year-old finishing some way behind teammate Fernando Alonso.
After eight rounds of the 2023 F1 World Championship, Stroll has just 37 points to Alonso's 117, and is yet to finish on the podium, something the Spaniard has done six times.
In Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, the difference between the two was again evident, as Alonso started and finished the race in second place, while Stroll – whose father Lawrence owns the Aston Martin team – could only finish ninth after having lined up 16th on the grid following difficulties in Saturday's damp qualifying session.
However, despite the apparent gulf in class between the teammates, Krack defended Stroll's performance, noting that the Canadian had done well to come through traffic and score points.
"I think he did really well," Krack told media, including RacingNews365.com, of Stroll's performance in Montreal.
"[In qualifying], he struggled with grip, and if you struggle like that, and you don't have the confidence, then it's very difficult.
"[During the race], I think he drove really well. We took him out of traffic, and when he was out of traffic, he managed the lap times of the frontrunners on Hard tyres.
"But if you are in this DRS train, it's really hard. To come from 16th to ninth is a great achievement.
"On paper, it looks only ninth, and when your teammate finishes second, you think it’s not a good performance.
"But when you see where you've come from, I think it was very good.
"I think he will take the positives from here and with the races to come. We know he's very strong in high-speed circuits, and we have couple of such circuits to come, so I'm confident that we can score with both [drivers]."