Canadian Grand Prix – Racing Point’s Lance Stroll finished P9 at his home race in Montreal, having employed a very useful one stop strategy.
At the end of Saturday’s track time, it appeared it was going to be another race to forget for Lance Stroll. A power unit failure at the start of FP3 meant his preparation for qualifying was ruined and, to add to this, the team were forced to fit his car with one of the old spec Mercedes power units for the remainder of the weekend – every other Mercedes powered car was fitted with the new one.
Qualifying P17, Sunday’s race didn’t promise much but the afternoon ended up going very well for the Racing Point driver. Starting on the Hard compound tyres, a good start coupled with competitive pace meant that he was running in the points when he pitted on Lap 45 to swap to the Soft tyre.
Re-emerging in P10, Stroll would capitalise on Carlos Sainz’s late tyre struggles and move up to finish P9 and claim two points. With Sergio Perez failing to score, Racing Point thus move to a total of 19 points and P7 in the Constructor’s Championship.
“The car performed so well today and it feels great to score points in Montreal.” said a beaming Lance Stroll afterwards.
“The lead up to the race wasn’t easy – losing the power unit yesterday and taking a performance hit by going back to the old engine – but we kept pushing, went out there and grabbed a couple of points. My start was strong, which moved me up a few positions and the key to our strategy was all about going long on the first stint with the hard tyre.”
“By the time we switched to the medium, we were in good shape and I was able to chase down [Carlos] Sainz and make the move for ninth place. It was a really fun race: I put all my emotions on the table today and loved every minute of it. The team really deserved this: they’ve put in some long hours this week and it’s a boost for us all. It has been an awesome week with great support from the crowd. I’m going to remember this one for a while.”
“I just put all my emotions on the table today. Balls out. I loved every minute of it, and fully committed from Lap 1 onwards. Some good overtakes…Giovinazzi, Perez down into the hairpin, Sainz for P9, it was a great race and I’m going to remember it. I gained three or four places off the start but a lot of it was done on track with pace and passing. I’m really pleased about it as we had to work for it and we got it done.