Lance Stroll says Williams is ‘surviving’ rather than racing after a pointless start to the 2018 Formula 1 season in the Australian Grand Prix.
The Canadian teenager pulled no punches, voicing his frustration about a nightmare opening weekend in Melbourne for the Grove-based side.
Stroll finished Sunday’s race at Albert Park 14th of the 15 finishers, behind rookie Charles Leclerc in a supposedly inferior Sauber.
He said: “We are just basically trying to get the car to the end of the race instead of racing.
“There was a lot going on today with big issues that cost us a lot of race time. I hope we can find the solution before [the next race in] Bahrain.”
The 19-year-old added: “We were in the wrong mode on the first lap and that is the reason [Force India’s Esteban] Ocon got me.
“We also have none of the extra power we need for the safety car restart which is where I lost the place to Leclerc.”
Team-mate Sergey Sirotkin meanwhile retired from his first grand prix after five laps with a brake problem, and the suspected cause is an early contender for most bizarre retirement explanation of the year – a plastic sandwich bag.
Chief technical officer Paddy Lowe described the race as ‘an afternoon to forget’.