Lance Stroll’s pole is likely to be counted not only among the Istanbul weekend, but also among the surprises of the year. The Canadian driver led the Formula One Turkish Grand Prix for a long time after his unexpected pull, but fell back after his second lap change in lap 37, as he was unable to put the temporary tires on the new set into operation. Stroll changed his chances of winning / podium to just ninth.
“It was something ridiculous, yet what the hell happened ?!” Stroll asked after the race. “I just didn’t have the pace. I suffered a lot more than he did, ”he pointed to his teammate, responding to the assumption that Sergio Pérez was finally able to keep second place with a one-stop strategy, taking his first podium this year, even though he was afraid of the puncture in Mexico.
“I don’t know, I don’t understand what happened,” he said in front of Sky Sports ’F1 cameras. “Our first set of intermediate rain tires was very grainy, we went out into the box, and then we lost seconds per lap. I don’t know how it happened, it came unexpectedly. ”
All of this happened by building an advantage over Perez over 10 seconds at the start of the race. Hamilton closed with 72 seconds to go down, 40 behind the other Racing Point. “We started the race on extremely rainy tires, and the pace on the intermediates was nowhere near as good. They shot again and again, we had no pace. Today has been terrible, we need to look at the reasons, ”the Canadian continued.
“It’s frustrating that I drove the race by ten seconds and then all of a sudden I’m only ninth. I do not understand what happened. Either way, the tires are grainy, but we need to figure out why it’s rougher than other cars. ”