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Tech tidbits: Looking at Force India, Williams aero elements (VIDEO)

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During today’s second free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, NBCSN Formula 1 analyst Steve Matchett explained in further detail some aero elements making waves this weekend around the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

In the first clip, below, Matchett looks at the new carbon fiber winglets added to the engine cover fin of the Sahara Force India VJM10 Mercedes chassis.

That video is below. Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon have positioned Force India a solid fourth place in the Constructor’s Championship but have also had some internal strife between them this season.

Meanwhile in looking at air flow through the rear wing, here’s Matchett’s look at the Williams FW40 Mercedes, piloted by Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa.

Both the Force India and Williams have three-layer T-wings on the engine cover fin of the car.

SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 15: Felipe Massa of Brazil driving the (19) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW40 Mercedes on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.