Lance Stroll is having a poor season, as the Canadian continues to struggle with the new regulations.
Whilst the Aston Martin F1 Team driver is under no pressure of losing his seat, Stroll has been consistently outperformed by four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
The German is also struggling this year, however, Vettel has managed to make the most out of the AMR22 to claim some points.
After nine races, Stroll has scored just three points; Vettel has scored thirteen.
To make matters even worse for the Canadian, he trails his German team-mate 6-1 in qualifying (Vettel missed the opening two races having tested positive for COVID-19).
Stroll at least had something to cheer about at the recent Canadian Grand Prix, after scoring a single point at his home race.
Despite this, the 23-year-old is clearly unhappy with how the season is going, after revealing he’s “not really that confident” in the AMR22.
“We’re always learning but I think on my side, I want to get into a better, more comfortable place with the car,” said Stroll.
“I still feel like I’m not really that confident in the car and not feeling very precise and predictable in the car.
“I’ve got to keep working to get back to the place I was in last year and the year before, where it was more predictable and more comfortable.
“Now it’s just a little bit difficult for me, I got to keep working with my engineers to try and sort that out.”
Stroll should be feeling more upbeat ahead of the British GP, where a large upgrade package is set to be introduced by the team at their home race.
With the AMR22 currently being difficult to set-up correctly, the upcoming upgrades could be the missing piece of the puzzle needed to become a consistent points challenger this year.
Prior to the imminent upgrades, Stroll explained the challenges he’s currently facing.
“Just the car characteristic, very stiff and maybe the set-up, not driving anyone else’s car but we’ve just got to try and keep working and understanding,” Stroll said.
“It’s definitely more challenging this year than the last few years to get it to a happy place and the rhythm, and all that kind of stuff.”
Aston Martin will be hoping that their new upgrades will see them rise from eighth in the Constructors’ Standings.