Lance Stroll followed up his unexpected front row starting position with some solid points after finishing seventh in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, held inside the Royal Park at Monza.
The young Williams driver held off experienced team-mate Felipe Massa on the last lap as the Grove-based squad recorded just their second double-points finish of the season.
Stroll had set the fourth-best time in a rain-delayed qualifying session on Saturday, but grid penalties for the two Red Bulls meant the Canadian found himself starting in second place alongside Lewis Hamilton.
He was jumped by Esteban Ocon at the start, and rather expectedly the faster cars of Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were able to make their way past on the long straights at Monza.
But Stroll held his nerve in a four-way scrap between the two Williams and Force Indias, holding off an aggressive Massa to claim six points.
“I am very happy with the race and I think it was a good one,” said Stroll.
“It was a bit of a shame at the start as we lost position to Ocon as Hamilton had a bad start and defended so I had to back off.
“I then had a big flat spot at the end of the race so started to lose time to Ocon and then was defending from Felipe, but the race was very positive.”
Massa was able to secure eighth and four points despite being involved in three collisions during the race.
He clashed with Sergio Perez at the start, while Max Verstappen picked up a puncture while he was fighting the Brazilian for seventh on lap three.
And on the last lap while trying to get past Stroll, there was some small contact between the two Williams, although nothing that caused any damage.
Massa said: “It’s always good to score points with both cars, and I was happy with the race and with the fights.
“I just had a little touch at the end with Lance but fortunately nothing happened and we managed to finish well.
“I’m happy with the performance and the race, it was a good Sunday for the team.”
Williams have strengthened their grip on fifth place in the constructors’ championship standings, ahead of the next race in Singapore on September 17.