Stroll drops to eighth place with post-race F1 penalty at Emilia Romagna GP

Lance Stroll has been demoted to eighth position after Formula 1 stewards issued a post-race time penalty following the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Stroll drops to eighth place with post-race F1 penalty at Emilia Romagna GP

The Aston Martin driver endured an eventful race at Imola while making the most of favourable damp conditions to finish seventh at the chequered flag.

However, Stroll was judged to have breached regulations when overtaking AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly following a post-race investigation, resulting in a five-second penalty.

It was deemed Stroll left the track at the Tamburello chicane while attempting to overtake Gasly earning "a lasting advantage" from his off-track excursion.

As a result of the decision, Stroll will drop a position to eighth behind Gasly, who inherits seventh in the official race results.

"The Stewards were informed after the race of an alleged breach. Having reviewed the video and heard from the drivers, the Stewards conclude that Car 18 was not able to complete his pass on car 10 at Turn 2/3 without leaving the track completely shortcutting turn 3 and returning on the track ahead of car 10," read a stewards report.

"He then failed to give the position back. In hearing from the drivers the Stewards accepted that car 18 was ahead of car 10 at the point he left the track, but that he was in that position because of a manoeuvre that he was not able to complete on the track given the wet conditions."

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, in the gravel

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, in the gravel

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

The penalty follows what proved to be a challenging race for the Canadian driver, which began with a brake cooling issue before the start.

He was then struck by a gear sync issue that affected gearshifts through the entirety of the 63-lap contest.

Read Also:

Speaking prior to the penalty being issued, Stroll thought he made the most of the conditions and was glad to reach the finish given the troubles encountered during the race.

"We took advantage of some opportunities today," said Stroll. "The weather was going to make things a bit interesting out there. The car was pretty well balanced this weekend but we are still lacking some pace if you look at the competition out there AlphaTauri, McLaren, they just look really quick so we have some work to do.

"It [the gear sync issue] was really killing me out there. I was getting all these poor shifts constantly throughout the race.

"I was happy we made it to the flag and managed to hold onto seventh as it was costing us a lot of lap time and quite worrying."

shares
comments

Related video

Leclerc explains why he didn't pass Verstappen on Imola F1 restart

Previous article

Leclerc explains why he didn't pass Verstappen on Imola F1 restart

Next article

Raikkonen loses points after post-race penalty at F1 Imola race

Raikkonen loses points after post-race penalty at F1 Imola race
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Emilia Romagna GP
Drivers Lance Stroll
Author Tom Howard
Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish” Plus

Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish”

We’ve seen five distinct versions of Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes as he’s tried to fulfil his own ambitions while being a consummate team player – two difficult, competing missions which have been challenging to reconcile. Speaking exclusively to STUART CODLING, Bottas explains his highs and lows… and why he still believes he can be world champion

Formula 1
May 15, 2021
Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row? Plus

Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row?

Aston Martin claims Formula 1’s latest technical tweaks have cost it competitiveness – and that it’s the innocent victim of a regulatory stitch-up aimed at pegging back Mercedes. But is any of this actually true? It depends on who you ask, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
May 14, 2021
How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean? Plus

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But is their rivalry destined to end in broken shards of carbon fibre?

Formula 1
May 13, 2021
What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight Plus

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

Formula 1
May 12, 2021
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Formula 1
May 11, 2021
The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain Plus

How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Formula 1
May 10, 2021