Lance Stroll missed out on a podium finish in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, but the young Canadian was impressive after a strong performance across the weekend around the Hungaroring.
Starting inside the top three, the BWT Racing Point Formula One Team racer immediately jumped ahead of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team’s slow-starting Valtteri Bottas at lights out to run second, although he soon lost that position to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.
Bottas would get ahead as well as Mercedes showed their superiority, but Stroll was able to maintain a good gap to those chasing him to finish fourth, his best result of the season to date.
“I’m really happy with P4: it’s a good result and I have to thank the team for such a great job today and all weekend,” said Stroll. “It was fun to fight Max [Verstappen] at the start of the race and run in P2 in the changeable conditions.
“We actually ended up in quite a lonely race to P4, but the main thing is that we were able to score a good haul of points for the team, and so did Checo [team-mate Sergio Pérez]. It was such a complex race and I’m looking forward to reviewing it and learning what we can for the races to come.”
Stroll spoke about the competitiveness of the RP20 in 2020, and despite missing out on that top three finish, he says he is happy to have brought home a good haul of points in fourth.
“We’ve had three races now and looked strong in all of them,” spoke the Canadian. “I think the podium was close today because we were in a big battle with Bottas and maybe we could have done things differently, but you can always say that after the race.
“That’s racing and we’ve got to be happy with fourth.”