Lance Stroll did not hide his dissatisfaction and especially his frustration after leading the first 36 laps of the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday at the Istanbul circuit.
The Quebec driver who, for the first time in his F1 career started from the leading position, saw his comfortable ten-second lead crumble before halfway through the race, due to a mysterious and premature degradation of the intermediate tires of his Racing Point.
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“It was totally ridiculous,” he said on the airwaves of the British network Sky Sports. I don’t understand how this situation came about, while the other car [celle de son coéquipier Sergio Pérez] did not suffer from the same problem. “
“We will have to look into this. Surely there is an explanation. To finish ninth while leading the race after more than 30 laps is very frustrating. ”
Not one more turn
Pérez was very anxious for the race to end. His last lap was rather chaotic, even giving up second place to Charles Leclerc for a few meters before recovering his due before crossing the finish line.
“I’m convinced,” said the Mexican veteran, “that one extra lap and my tires would have exploded. I am happy with the result and the good strategy adopted by my team. ”
Unlike Stroll, Pérez only made one pit stop, like the winner, Lewis Hamilton.
“We had to be careful as the track dried up. But we did it, even though our chances of winning were practically nil, Lewis was too strong. ”
This second position, which represents his ninth career podium and his first in two years, has not changed the status of Pérez, who still does not have a wheel for next season.
Immediately behind him stood a certain Sebastien Vettel, three tenths of a second from the one he will replace next year alongside Lance Stroll. Some will say that the quadruple world champion did not want to risk the accident with Pérez, for fear of offending his future employer. That, we’ll never know.