Lance Stroll was left disgruntled following qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. The 18-year-old dropped out in the first part of the session but failed to get a fast lap in as he felt he was blocked on his first run by Sergio Perez. Both were called to the stewards, and Perez was cleared of any penalty.
His second attempt was cut short when a red flag was produced after Romain Grosjean lost control of his Haas and ended in the wall. Despite qualifying eighteenth, Stroll will start the race from fifteenth due to penalties for those around him.
"That was not a good session," he admitted. "I didn't get a lap time as I was blocked on both my push laps, by Perez and Gasly in the last chicane, and then we got the red flag, so I never got a time and there was no chance to make Q2. But that is how it goes and there is nothing I can do about it now, we were just unlucky with the traffic.
"The car felt good all weekend, so it is frustrating, but tomorrow is another day and with the penalties we will make up a couple of places. But that is not how we want to gain places, we want to show the potential of the car which we didn't do in that session."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing