BETTING À DAY
Ranked tenth on Sunday, at the end of the French Grand Prix, Lance Stroll did not hide his satisfaction at having collected a fourth point this season.
I am happy with this tenth place, said the Quebec driver. It's as if I had spent 90 minutes in an oven, it was so hot. Our pace was surprisingly better in the race than I expected.
“I was able to withstand the threat of some of my opponents and that is comforting both for me and for the team,” he added.
After another very disappointing qualifying session, where, for the fourth time in a row, he was eliminated in the first round (Q1) on Saturday, Stroll gained five positions in the first lap, having started from 15th row when the red lights went out.
“I got off to a good start,” said Stroll, “and that gave me confidence. I'm starting to get used to the behavior of my car and that bodes well for the future. »
Avoid collision with Vettel
The last lap could have been catastrophic for the Aston Martin team because a collision was narrowly avoided with his teammate Sebastian Vettel at the exit of the last corner.
“It was borderline, admitted Stroll, but everything was under control. I had more difficulty with my tires at the end of the race, but I was able to stay ahead of him.
Vettel, he said he was frustrated at having been unable score any points, claiming that heavy traffic prevented him from progressing.
“We lacked a bit of performance, said the quadruple world champion, to overtake some rivals. But, at least, the single-seater was less capricious and that's a good sign. »
Retirement for Latifi
Beneficial for the first time upgrades on his Williams, Nicholas Latifi proved to be more competitive than usual, although his teammate, Alexander Albon, made him look bad again.
“There are a lot of positives to take away,” said the Toronto driver. I realized that I could finally fight with riders who were faster than me at the start of the year. ”
Latifi did not see the checkered flag, however. A collision with Kevin Magnussen (Haas) forced him to retire on the 38th of the 53 laps of the race.
“Honestly, I don't think I was responsible for the accident with Kevin, Latifi claimed. It's a shame because a good result [without finishing among the top ten we agree] would have been possible. »
In the club of « 300 »
Lewis Hamilton has still not won a race this year, but his second place and the presence of his teammate George Russell on the third step of the podium tend to prove that the Mercedes team is progressing at a good pace.
Yesterday, the Briton competed in the 300th Grand Prix of his distinguished career to become the sixth F1 driver to reach this milestone.
Kimi Räikkönen (350), Fernando Alonso (346), Rubens Barrichello (323), Michael Schumacher (307) and Jenson Button (306) preceded him.