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Stroll Positive after Q2 Appearance: “We took advantage of the mixed conditions”

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Lance Stroll - Williams Martini Racing - Hungaroring
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Lance Stroll felt it was positive that he was able to get through to the second phase of Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday, but he was disappointed to spin out and hit the barrier during it that saw him break his front wing and end up without a time being set.

The Williams Martini Racing driver lost control on the kerbing exiting turn ten and half spun the car, but once he hit the grass he was a passenger as he hit the barrier.  The yellow flags for his incident cost both Daniel Ricciardo and Marcus Ericsson the opportunity to set a competitive time on a track that was getting progressively wetter as thunderstorms struck the Hungaroring.

Stroll was able to recover to the pits but did not venture out again, and thus will start the race from fifteenth on the grid, with the former champion of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship hoping to make progress on race day and potentially score only a second top ten finish of the season for a Williams team struggling at the rear of the championship standings.

“I had a good Q1 and got through to Q2, which was very nice,” said Stroll.  “I think we took advantage of the mixed conditions and that was positive.

“Unfortunately pushing in the wet I just lost the car and that was it. In the rain that is how it goes, you are pushing and looking for grip and sometimes it bites back.

“It was just unfortunate it was there at turn 10 as there was a wall on the inside, or it could have just been a spin and I could have kept going. Hopefully we can do something in the race tomorrow.”

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