Lance Stroll not happy with performance at the Brazil GP Q3 even though it fetched him a second-row start
Lance Stroll lined up his Aston Martin in P3 during the qualifying session at the São Paulo Grand Prix.
Lance Stroll (via imago)
The opening day at the São Paulo Grand Prix stood witness to an eventful qualifying session. Max Verstappen claimed the pole position moments before the Brazilian weather took a turn for the worst as dark clouds were seen engulfing the entire circuit. Several drivers voiced their amazement about the amount of darkness observed at the racetrack. Meanwhile, Lance Stroll stunningly claimed P3 at the end of the session.
Stroll had been under heavy public scrutiny following a string of disappointing results in the last few Grands Prix but has managed to turn his fortunes around at Brazil with his P3 start. Stroll, however, expressed how luck played no part in his eventual grid position, as reported by motorsport.com.
I don’t think we were lucky today, I think we made our own luck. We did well going at the front of the queue and getting good track position. The weather was coming in, so I think that was smart.
This comment from the Canadian reveals how his team – Aston Martin succeeded in claiming good grid positions for both their drivers just before the disastrous weather put an end to the session.
The Qualifying session was red-flagged due to ‘unsafe weather conditions’ with 4 minutes left on the countdown. Stroll managed to put in a lap that guaranteed his P3 starting position during the Grand Prix. Stroll still criticized the car as he continued to talk about it.
But I still really felt like crap in the car. It was really tricky in Q3 and then I think the wind changed direction.
Former F1 driver blames Lance Stroll for ‘lack of love’ for Formula 1
Lance Stroll’s career in Formula 1 has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, featuring triumphant podiums, controversies, and a stark contrast between highs and lows. As the son of billionaire businessman Lawrence Stroll, who owns and is closely associated with the Aston Martin F1 team, Stroll is driving for his father’s team alongside his veteran teammate, Fernando Alonso.
Alonso has wiped the floor with his numerous Podiums and top 6 finishes against Stroll, who is trailing the Spaniard by a substantial 130 points in the Driver’s standings. While addressing the gap in performance between Alonso and Stroll, Christian Danner, a former F1 driver, weighed in on Stroll’s struggles. Danner believes that Stroll’s lackluster performance might stem from a lack of passion for the sport.
Danner recommends that Stroll seriously reconsider his future in the sport. He believes that Stroll should reflect on whether he genuinely wants to continue as a racing driver and whether there is room for improvement and growth in his career. Stroll, currently in the 11th position in the Driver’s Standings, still has the opportunity to prove his worth and contribute to Aston Martin’s battle for a possible fourth-place finish against McLaren as he lines up in P3, his best result in qualifying in 2023.