“I’m not really sure what has happened to Lance Stroll there because he’s a very decent driver,” Rosberg told Sky Sports F1’s Podcast. “He showed in the beginning of the season how he can stay close to Fernando.
“I think long-term, for Aston, they can’t really allow themselves to have one driver who’s that far off. Either Lance gets back to where he can be and where he should be, or they’re going to have to start thinking about changing things around there with the second driver.”
The German also explained how there can be other benefits to increased competition between team-mates at the sharp end of the F1 field.
“Because also Fernando needs to be pushed. The setup work is much better when there’s two drivers who are on it. It has a whole different dynamic, so it’s very important to have two drivers who are very quick.” he concluded.
With just eight races left in the 2023 season, expect Stroll to come under increasing pressure if he cannot rediscover any form that can help Aston Martin in their quest for second place in the constructors' championship.
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