It’s not going well for Lance Stroll this season, but everything that has happened so far is now “a thing of the past”. Instead, Quebecers have their eyes fixed on what’s to come: their first home race in three years.
Updated yesterday at 8:35 PM.
Pilots repeat it year after year: there is nothing more special than a race in its homeland. Lance Stroll has been denied campaign in 2020 and 2021. But he will finally return to the Gilles Villeneuve circuit on Friday, during free practice.
“It’s always great to see Canadian flags, big grandstands, locals cheering for you… It’s an incredible feeling. It gives energy.” Like a background noise, the celebration was even more special in Montreal when I get a good score, said the 23-year-old pilot. .
As has been the case since the beginning of the campaign, Stroll will fight for a place in Top 10 End of this week. In eight races so far, he couldn’t do better than twentybe places, and his meager set of two points puts him at 17e Rank in the driver’s rating. In fact, his last point goes back to May 8. But contrary to what one might think, he is not discouraged.
If you get frustrated after a month, you’re in the wrong sport. F1 like that. My focus is this weekend. I have ideas why it hasn’t been perfect the past few weekends. We will focus on what’s coming and do our best.
The outing ended in points with 9sbe places in two of his three professional races on Canadian soil. Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, with its bends and hurdles, presents a challenge to the young driver “who has always loved him,” he said.
“There may be some rain tomorrow and Saturday, so a lot can happen. I have good memories of this track, and it is good to find it again.”
The capabilities are there
At the start of the season, Stroll told Canadian media the new regulations were “dirty”. And again on Thursday he reiterated that the cars were “much stronger and heavier” than last year. However, Aston Martin made changes to its car in the first half of the season.
“We’re definitely going in the right direction,” Stroul said. It gives us more opportunities to improve the car on different types of tracks. […] We were very competitive in some matches like Miami and Imola, and we were in a position to score points and fight for Top 10. On other tracks, we were really far away. We were very competitive in Baku and Monaco. They’re two very different tracks, so I think that’s encouraging for the whole team. »
Everyone is in the same boat. It has been an adaptation for many drivers and teams. We learn every weekend and have good ideas for the future.
However, billionaire son Lawrence Stroll has been well ahead of his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, in the last three races. The former world champion has 13 points in six races – he missed the first two due to COVID-19. He also managed to finish sixth A place last weekend, in Baku.
“That’s what you want in a teammate: someone who pushes you to be better,” Stroul said. You have to push each other to get the best out of the car and help the team develop in the best possible way. »
When asked if there was a way to take inspiration from his teammate’s driving, Quebec couldn’t have been more explicit: “He drives the way he drives, and I have ideas of what I want to do with the car. I can drive it the way I want. I’m focused. on it.”
It remains to be seen, now, where he will take on Sunday.
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