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Stroll happy with performance but admits result could have been better

  • Published on 03 Sep 2017 16:26
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lance Stroll is happy with his performance at the Italian Grand Prix, but admits that the result could have been slightly better. The 18-year-old started on the front row for the very time in his Formula 1 career but dropped down to third at the first corner.

"It was good," he said. "Could've been better. There were parts of the race that weren't perfect. Lewis [Hamilton] didn't have such a great start which blocked me and meant I had to back off and give the position to Esteban [Ocon]. The pace was strong and it was a shame about the pitstop. That was our opportunity to jump him. A good P7 which was awesome."

While battling with Ocon and teammate Felipe Massa, Stroll locked a tyre pretty heavily which resulted in a flat spot. That, in turn, caused a vibration through the car meaning he couldn't see very well but admitted it was just an aspect of racing. 

"I had a massive flat spot so couldn't see much but racing is racing. I really enjoyed myself. Every opportunity that I have to be in positions that I was today is strategy that I'll learn. Days like today and Baku, I feel like I'm getting better and better. It was a very special moment for me [starting on the front row]. Qualifying was probably the highlight of the weekend, being able to do what I did in those conditions."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • boudy

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    They should have been higher up. Their car was excellent and they did not utilise / maximise their points.

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    • Sep 4 2017 - 06:45
  • So, after what he did in qualifying at Monza, the whole perception of him has now changed, it was pretty impressive and remember he's still only 18.....

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    • Sep 4 2017 - 11:45

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