Stroll says bodywork damage ruined his race

Lance Stroll - Williams Martini Racing - British GP 2017. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Williams Martini Racing driver Lance Stroll was disappointed to end the British Grand Prix down in sixteenth place, having made a great start off the line, to jump up to twelfth.

The Canadian, like team-mate Felipe Massa, struggled in qualifying on Saturday, and so had a mid-pack starting place on the grid. Although the Brazilian was able to make his way into the top ten, Stroll sustained damage to his FW40 which saw him go backwards rather than advancing through the pack.

“It was not a good race for us.

“The start was good and I moved up to P12. The first stint was also okay, and then also at the start of the second stint things weren’t bad. Then we picked up some damage on the car, which I believe was a broken barge board.

“I started to feel something was wrong, we suspected it was the tyres and so I stopped again.  However, this was for nothing really, as it just got worse from there.”

The damage, which Stroll believes was to the barge boards, compromised the Canadian’s race, and left him feeling frustrated, unable to extract the maximum performance from his car or push his hardest.

Having finished in the top ten at the last three races in succession, Stroll’s points scoring streak came to an end on Sunday, something he is hoping to rectify at the next round in Hungary.

“I just brought the car home but some damage on the car destroyed our race. Now I’m just looking forward to Hungary.”