F1 Styrian GP: Racing Point "debatably" the second fastest car, says Stroll

Racing Point's Lance Stroll believes his team "debatably" has the second fastest Formula 1 car after its Styrian Grand Prix performance, while Renault has launched a protest against the team

F1 Styrian GP: Racing Point "debatably" the second fastest car, says Stroll

After struggling in the wet qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, both Sergio Perez and team-mate Stroll charged through the field during Sunday's race in dry and warm conditions to demonstrate the RP20's pace.

After Perez overtook both Stroll and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo to climb to fifth - having started 17th - the Mexican damaged his front wing attacking Red Bull's Alexander Albon on lap 69.

It meant Perez faded to sixth place at the chequered flag, with Stroll right behind him in seventh, having enjoyed a strong race where he fought with Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

The overall performance of Racing Point, coupled with the promising pace shown back in pre-season testing, has led to Stroll feeling the team could have the second fastest car on the grid behind F1 world champion Mercedes.

With Racing Point's car also raising questions over a potential breach of F1's ban on customer cars and shared parts - focused on the RP20's similarities with the Mercedes' 2019 title-winning W10 - Renault has lodged a formal protest against both Racing Point's cars following the Styrian GP.

"I really believe today we had you know, debatably the second quickest car, maybe third, but we were definitely quicker than Renault, McLaren and a lot of other of our competitors. So that was really positive," Stroll told Sky Sports F1 before the protest was lodged.

"You know, it wasn't the perfect race setting for both of us. I mean for Sergio starting 17th it was a pretty good result. I think he probably would have signed up for that before the race!

"From my side there were definitely some frustrating parts of the race, being stuck behind Ricciardo, but the pace was there the whole race and that's what's really promising going forward."

Reflecting on his own race, Stroll felt he was unlucky not to pinch sixth place from Perez on the final lap with the Mexican driver slow due to front wing damage.

"It was a good first stint, we settled into the race nicely," Stroll said. "I got past [Pierre] Gasly early in the race, and then we were pushing on and catching the Renaults ahead of us.

"We stopped a couple laps earlier than Ricciardo and Sergio. And at that point, I was just fighting through traffic to get free air. Unfortunately in the second stint I made a little mistake, and Sergio managed to get a good run on me down to Turn 3 and overtake me at Turn 4.

"And once that happened, I was catching Ricciardo but I spent the whole second stint really trying to get a good run on him but he was very strong into into Turn 1 and out of Turn 1, and that made it very challenging for me to get by.

"And finally on the last lap I saw an opportunity, it was a very small one and I went for it. It turned out to be really hectic last lap, but a very exciting for everyone.

"I arrived in the worst possible moment behind Sergio because It was right at the middle of Turn 10. I was really just stuck behind him and when I got on the power I think I finished just a front wing behind him. Very tight last lap, and very exciting racing for everyone watching."

shares
comments
F1 Styrian GP: Renault lodges protest against Racing Point cars

Previous article

F1 Styrian GP: Renault lodges protest against Racing Point cars

Next article

F1 Styrian GP: Hamilton "got everything and more" out of Mercedes

F1 Styrian GP: Hamilton "got everything and more" out of Mercedes
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Lance Stroll
Teams Racing Point
Author Haydn Cobb
What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent Plus

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent

While Japan's fever for motor racing is well-documented, the country has yet to produce a Formula 1 superstar – but that could be about to change, says BEN EDWARDS

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return Plus

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021