MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 10: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW40 Mercedes on track during the final day of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 10, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Formula One racing is a thrill in anyone’s books but for a rookie racer on the eve of their first ever race, the anticipation and excitement is nothing short of extremely intense.

For Williams rookie Lance Stroll, all these emotions and more are currently coursing through his veins as the days tick down to the 2017 season opening Australian grand Prix, however he is doing his utmost to remain calm…..

“I think we still have to stay calm ahead of Australia and just do our work and then see where we are. It’s a new track for me as I have never been there, but I’m going to take it step-by-step and run-by-run.”

Lance concluded his time in the car on Friday where he completed some chassis work and a qualifying simulation. He tried to do full race simulation in the afternoon but that was interrupted by several red flags.

“It was a good day to end a good week,” he said after the test. “It was a fun day and I got to put the ultrasofts on and really feel the grip. It was awesome. I was on a mega lap on them but I went long into Turn 13, which cost me everything and I lost my lap. I was eight tenths up and it was looking good, but anyway it’s testing."

"I did some good running in the afternoon with long runs so it’s all positive stuff.  It was obviously a frustrating week last week with the couple of things that happened, but we had a good week this week. We got all our running in – long runs, short runs, and all compounds of tyres – so it was good.”