After retiring from the Russian GP on the first lap, Lance Stroll was outraged at Charles Leclerc and the sports commissioners for not having punished the Ferrari driver. The Canadian from Racing Point had been rounding turn 4 outside Leclerc when he was touched by the opponent on the right rear tire. Without control, Stroll’s car spun and hit the wall.
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Stroll hit by Leclerc on first lap of Russian GP
Onboard camera by Leclerc, who played Stroll on the first lap in Sochi
– Very sloppy on his part and I gave him all the space. I am somewhat surprised that he did not receive a punishment. I gave it a lot of space and made the whole turn outside, and it just hit my right rear wheel. I was not lucky, but he could have avoided it. I didn’t have to open up on me so much, so I think it’s ridiculous that he doesn’t get punished – said the Canadian.
In fact, the criteria of the commissioners are causing controversy in Formula 1. In the first race of the season, in Austria, Lewis Hamilton hit Alexander Albon’s car in a very similar circumstance and ended up punished with the addition of five seconds to the race time.
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After being out of Q3 due to overheating at the end of Q2 in the line of cars coming out of the pits, Stroll started only 13th in Sochi. Therefore, he chose to start with medium tires to extend his stay on the track before the pit stop, and thus gain positions. After a good start, he ended up abandoning:
Respect between Hamilton and Bottas and Stroll and Sainz accidents in the replays of the start of the Russian GP
– A lot was possible. We were in seventh at that time, I had a great start, we had good tires, so it’s really a shame – said Stroll, who had started with medium compounds and would make the pit stop later in relation to other riders.
With the second consecutive abandonment by accident (at Mugello, Stroll hit violently after a tire burst), the Canadian from Racing Point dropped to eighth in the championship standings, just one point ahead of teammate Sergio Pérez, who competed in two races least after being infected with coronavirus.