Prema Powerteam driver Lance Stroll admitted that he could not see Antonio Giovinazzi after the young Italian was pitched into a frightening roll during the second race at Monza.
The Ferrari Driver Academy driver was alongside the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver as they approached the high speed Curva Grande, with the Canadian rolling into the barriers, luckily landing the right way up, albeit with the car in pieces.
“It’s difficult to say, it happened so quickly,” said Stroll. “I overtook Antonio in the chicane, went a bit long and he got a run.
“With these big airboxes we have on the left-hand side it’s difficult to see in the mirror, so I couldn’t exactly know where he was.
“I just tried to keep my line, but after the little kink there was no more room. It happened so quickly and then I was in the air.”
Luckily the sixteen-year-old was able to emerge relatively unscathed from the incident, suffering only minor back stiffness, and was back racing in race three on Sunday to finish ninth after his Prema Powerteam mechanics repaired his damaged car.
After having been deemed responsible for the crash in race two, Stroll was racing under appeal in race three. Having initially been told to start from the pit lane, his team appealed, and he started from his original eleventh place on the grid.
“I came back in good shape after the crash I had yesterday as I had no physical problems whatsoever,” said Stroll after race three.
“I really want to thank the team for working so hard on my car and I’m looking forward to the next round of the series”