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Lance Stroll: “I have never really been a huge fan of this track”

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Lance Stroll - Williams Martini Racing - Hockenheimring
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Lance Stroll is one of very few drivers who is not a big fan of Spa-Francorchamps, but he appreciates the circuit’s history and that other drivers do love the track in the Ardennes Forest.

The Williams Martini Racing driver says the fact the circuit has never brought the best out of him as the main reason to why he does not herald the track in the same manner as others, but it still has a special meaning to him, with his mother having been born in Belgium it feels like a second home race for him, after of course the Canadian Grand Prix.

“I have never really been a huge fan of this track as it has never clicked for me, although I appreciate that many drivers do love it,” said Stroll, who finished eleventh in his first Belgian Grand Prix in 2017.

“However, it is my second home race, as my mother was born in Belgium, so it does have a special meaning for me.”

Stroll says the weather can play an integral part across the weekend, with the length of the track – it is just over seven kilometres long and the longest on the Formula 1 calendar – and its location sometimes offering different weather conditions across the lap.

“It is a long lap with some amazing sections and the weather can play an important part – it can change in a second with rain on one side of the circuit and the other side dry, and then anything can happen,” said Stroll, who has scored all of Williams’ four points so far in 2018 thanks to his eighth place finish in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

“It also has a lot of history and I know the fans always enjoy it, whatever the weather!”

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