Lance Stroll's race ended way too soon: the Canadian qualifyied yesterday in 13th position, but started from 12th thanks to Alex Albon's gearbox penalty. Leclerc, as well, started in 10th. In the first lap chaos, which saw Carlos Sainz impacting the barriers in turn two, the two were fighting against each other until Leclerc front-left touched Stroll right-rear. Stroll was on the outside line of turn 4 and took the wall on the corner exit. The race direction noted the indicent, but didn't give any penalty to the monegasque, who ended the race in sixth position.
"I'm quite surprised he didn't get a penalty," he said. "I gave him plenty of room, I did the whole corner on the outside, and he just tagged my right-rear. I gave him all the room I could and it was unlucky. But he could have avoided it, he didn't have to run so wide into me. It's kind of ridiculous he didn't get a penalty."
A shame for Stroll race, as he was the one in the team with the new aeropackage. The updates should've been available to both drivers, but the canadian heavy accident in Tuscany caused several damages to his RP20, slowing the new parts production. So, being Stroll ahed of Perez in the drivers standings, he took the updates first.
Perez run with the old package and finished the race in 4th position.
“I made a great start to the race and I was up to P7 by the time of the collision. Having had the free choice of tyres, by starting outside of the top 10, we were in a really good place to execute a strong race and score plenty of points" explained Stroll, who believes he could've reach a good position.
"I’m disappointed that a careless move cost us a potentially good result - he continued - what’s done is done, and I’m ready to focus on coming back stronger in Germany next time out.”