He was the main protagonist of one of the most complicated and unpredictable classifications of recent years with Racing Point that made good the nickname of the ‘pink Mercedes’ that has been earned this year. Lance Stroll He surprised everyone by winning pole in Turkey, of course the first of his life, on the ice rink that the asphalt turned into in the rain. A magnificent result that he continued for much of Sunday. He came out very well and rode solo, with a considerable lead, until he vanished mid-race.
He finished ninth, 72 seconds behind Hamilton after a second half of the race that was hell for him. Very little loot for what it could have been (there was ‘Checo’ with his podium), but what happened to him? Why did your performance drop so much? His team has found the cause and explains it on ‘Twitter’: “During the team routine after the race we discovered damage to the underside of the Stroll front wing which contributed significantly to the ‘graining’ issues that he experienced during his second and third stints on the intermediate tires. “
It is not very common for a team to give explanations on their social networks about the performance of a driver so many hours after a race, but the great performance that Stroll had given and the mysterious problem, they were well deserved. Racing Point makes it clear that the Canadian already smelled something was wrong with his car: “Lance reported poor tire performance, significant understeer and graining from lap 17. Pitting for a new intermediate game on lap 36 did not solve the problem, and the graining became even more severe. “
Increasingly graining, slower lap times and no possible solution. “A piece of the lower part of the front wing had come loose and it was stuck such that the blockage caused a significant loss of front downforce. The resulting loss of frontal load contributed to an increase in the levels of graining “, They explain about a problem they discovered “only after the race” and that made a great prize that Stroll was going to remember forever, remain in one more. Although that pole is no longer taken away by anyone.