Stroll relishing China Challenge at ‘more forgiving’ Shanghai


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Lance Stroll will attack during his first Chinese Grand Prix this weekend, with the Williams Martini Racing driver feeling it is a more forgiving circuit than the Albert Park circuit on which he made his Grand Prix debut two weeks ago.

The Canadian crashed during free practice on Saturday morning in Australia, compromising his qualifying effort that saw him qualify nineteenth on the grid, but stayed out of trouble during the race only to retire with a brake issue late on.

But Stroll will be pushing harder this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit with more run-off areas surrounding the circuit, although he will still be looking to learn the circuit after only so far experiencing it on a simulator.

“This will be my first time in mainland China, as in the past I have just been to Macau where I raced in F3,” said Stroll.

“I don’t know a lot about the circuit. I have only done some simulator work on the track, so I still have to wait to see what it is like in reality. However, I have watched some of the races there so have an idea about the scale of the track.

“After Melbourne, which is a narrow track, I am going to change my approach a bit as it is a little more forgiving with the large run off areas. Having said that, I shall just prepare in the normal way as well as I can for the race.”