After Lance Stroll missed the Eifel Grand Prix two weeks ago due to a coronavirus infection that was subsequently proven, he couldn’t find the scorer’s shoes in Portimao. He collided with Max Verstappen in Friday’s second free practice and Lando Norris in Sunday’s race at the 1st corner. In the latter case, the Racing Point driver was clearly found guilty of receiving two penalty points in addition to his 5-second time penalty.
Thus, like the McLarenes junior, Stroll fell back to the end of the field and then pulled out the match with a series of crossings of the track boundaries, with Canada in last place finally becoming the only contender for the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Norris, meanwhile, caught up to 13th place, but was left without a point – understandably the British were somewhat puzzled before Stroll’s maneuver. “I don’t even know what Lance is doing. He pulled to the left, which surprised him because he could have easily gone to the inner arch as well, ”he began to analyze the clash of the two of them.
“I was half-smoothly by his side, yet he turned around me, clearly not learning from Friday’s case. Apparently he never learns from his mistakes. That’s how things happen to him so often, so I’m sure I’ll avoid him next time! ”
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The collision between Stroll and Norris, the Canadian who made the same mistake as during free practice …
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By the way, the McLaren race got off to a great start in the conditions that promised to be changeable at the time. Carlos Sainz even took the lead, and Norris clung all the way to third after the start. However, as the weather normalized, the balance of power was restored, resulting in a decline of the Wokingians.
“It was amazing that there was an orange car in both first and third place,” he recalled the heady start. “It seemed pretty real, I don’t even understand what happened, but I think the Mercedes started on the medium tires, just like Leclerc.”
“We also overtook those who started on soft tires because… well, I don’t really know why! We risked a little more in the first round. We got off to a very good start and came forward with a sufficient amount of risk, ”the analysis continued.
“Then we started to grain the first tires that we suffered from. And our pace was very bad compared to the others, especially those on medium tires. The first stage was suffering, but also for several who started on the soft. But we did a good job when it comes to rescue. ”
Sainz’s race was a little better, eventually finishing in sixth place. McLaren is currently fourth in the league, two points behind Racing Point, and in the individual composite, the two drivers are in 7th and 10th place, just four points difference between the two.