Lance Stroll: “Everything just clicked and fell into place”

Lance Stroll - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Lance Stroll moved clear in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship standings following a strong weekend around the Red Bull Ring that saw him claim two race victories and a runners-up spot in the three races.

The Prema Powerteam driver is now thirty-eight points clear of second placed Callum Ilott, and the Canadian, who is also a Williams Formula 1 development driver in 2016, praised his team for giving him a great car to race with.

Stroll admitted that a lot of focus was on staying within the limits of the track, with a number of drivers falling foul of penalties for exceeding the track during the weekend across all sessions.

“It’s been a truly awesome weekend – the Prema team did a magnificent job over all three days – and it’s a perfect way to head in to a five-week break,” said Stroll.

“Everything just clicked and fell into place – I drove really well and the car was phenomenal. In Race 1, I used my ‘old’ set of tyres leaving my new ones for the other races.

“I was very careful not to exceed track limits, many drivers had fallen foul of the organisers in practice and qualifying and got themselves penalized. Considering they were ‘old’ tyres, the balance was really good.

“I made a really great start off the line then Maxi [Günther] made a mistake at Turn 3 and I overtook him on the exit. I ran a lonely second before the Red Flag bringing a premature halt to the race.

“The beginning of Race 2 was not so easy. I built up a good gap before the Safety Car came out. Callum was right behind me after the re-start and I had to defend early on. But I just focussed and pulled a gap.

“Again in Race 3, it was a case of being totally focussed at the race start, then again at the re-start and then concentrating on staying inside track limits.”