Lance Stroll Happy But Laments The One That Got Away

2020 Italian Grand Prix, Sunday - Lance Stroll (image courtesy Pirelli)

In a crazy Italian Grand Prix full of highlight-reel moments, Racing Point‘s Lance Stroll was happy to be on the podium, but also felt like the race was there for him to win.

When the race restarted after a red flag the Canadian lined up in second place on the grid, but got away from the line slowly and was swamped, then had to claw his way back into the podium positions.

Lack Of Grip Costs Lance Stroll

While pleased to be on the podium, Stroll was kicking himself at the conclusion of the race, believing he was in with a shot of taking his maiden win in Formula 1.

‘It’s been a couple of years since I stood on a podium. It feels good to be back. It was such a crazy race. I’m so happy for Pierre. He really deserved it. He had a great start and he just stayed consistent all the way throughout the race.

‘It’s a bit of a bummer as I think it was mine to lose, starting from second. But I just had no grip at the start and I had a ton of wheel spin and everybody flew by me.

‘I had a good scrap with Carlos there in the first couple of laps. I overtook him around the outside and then he got me again into Turn 1. We were battling out there and I’m happy to pick up third.

‘I think the win slipped away from us today but third is great,’ said Stroll.

2020 Italian Grand Prix, Sunday - Lance Stroll (image courtesy Pirelli)
2020 Italian Grand Prix, Sunday – Lance Stroll (image courtesy Pirelli)

Red Flag Threw A Curveball

With everyone knowing that race leader Lewis Hamilton would be taking a penalty after the restart, emotions were heightened knowing a race win could be on the cards…

‘Yeah, it definitely threw a curveball at us. We’re not used to getting out of the car halfway through the race.

‘I think it was just important to re-set and get back into it. It was an amazing opportunity in the race to start from second, knowing that Lewis had a ten second time penalty.

‘I wasn’t actually aware of the stop and go, I just thought it was a ten second time (penalty). It was unexpected but it created a lot of excitement in the race, that’s for sure.

‘A part of me is a little bit frustrated. I had a terrible restart after the red flag. I fell back to P6 and had a good fight with Carlos in the first lap after the restart but lost out to him and then I made my way back to third.

‘I gave it everything I could – but I’m very happy for Pierre and I think everyone drove a great race in this room. It was an awesome race and I’m really happy to be back on the podium,’ concluded Stroll.

2020 Italian Grand Prix, Sunday - Lance Stroll (image courtesy FIA pool)
2020 Italian Grand Prix, Sunday – Lance Stroll (image courtesy FIA pool)

Leave a Comment

Recommended For You

Formula 1 Podcast | Grid Talk Ep. 134 | 2021 Italian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying Analysis

Formula 1 Podcast | Grid Talk Ep. 134 | 2021 Italian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying Analysis

Welcome to Episode 134 of our Formula 1 podcast, Grid ...
Formula 1 Podcast | Grid Talk ep 132 | 2021 Italian Grand Prix Preview

Formula 1 Grid Talk Episode 132: 2021 Italian Grand Prixview

Welcome to Episode 132 of our Formula 1 podcast, Grid ...
2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Sunday - Max Verstappen

‘It’s A Very Long Season’ Says Max Verstappen After Imola Victory

After taking his first win of the 2021 FORMULA 1 ...
2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Sunday - Lewis Hamilton

‘It’s Not How You Fall; It’s How You Get Up’ Says Lewis Hamilton On Incredible Recovery Drive

After an incredible recovery drive at Imola, seven-time World Champion ...
2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Sunday - Lando Norris (image courtesy McLaren)

Lando Norris Thrilled With First Podium Of 2021

A fantastic drive from Lando Norris, who produced a swashbuckling ...

More in News

Max Verstappen wins the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

How Live Betting Is Driving Change In F1

Back in the day when F1 was run by the ...
Verstappen

Max Verstappen Not Putting Faith In Momentum

Fresh off a double-podium finish in Turkey, championship leader Max ...
F1 Grand Prix Of Italy Sprint

F1 Sporting Regulations Postponed Until 2023?

It appears that the F1 sporting regulations that were meant ...
2021 Bahrain Grand Prix, Friday - Toto Wolff (image courtesy Mercedes-AMG Petronas)

Mercedes Spirits High After Back-To-Back Race Wins

After rediscovering their best form in recent races, Toto Wolff ...
Frompresenttofuture En

Pirelli Concludes 18-Inch Formula 1 Tyre Testing

Pirelli’s test campaign for the new 18-inch Formula 1 tyre ...

Trending on F1 Chronicle