Brake Temperature issues end Stroll’s Monaco debut


Lance Stroll retired from the Monaco Grand Prix - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lance Stroll stayed out of trouble during his first Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, but rising temperatures in his brakes caused him to retire with just seven laps to go.

The Williams Martini Racing driver had a relatively strong afternoon, and was not far off team-mate Felipe Massa at times, but issues with his front left braking system, possibly caused by debris, forced the teenager into the pits to retire.

Stroll also struggled with tyre temperatures during the race, particularly when running slowly behind the safety car, with the Canadian heard asking for guidance from his team over the radio.

“I was driving OK but then we had an issue at the end so we had to stop,” said Stroll. “Unfortunately, these things happen, especially at Monaco.

“There were several incidents, which meant that the tyres lost temperature and it was really hard to get that back.”

Stroll now heads to his home Grand Prix, but is still looking to score his first points, something he will want to put right in front of his home fans.

“The next race is my home event and I’m feeling positive going into that,” admits Stroll. “It’s going to be very special to go home and to know that our car can be strong there.”