FIA investigating Lance Stroll for several incidents in Qatar

Lance Stroll had a frustrating weekend in Qatar which began with another Q1 elimination

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The FIA have revealed they are in discussions with Lance Stroll for several incidents involving the Aston Martin driver during the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix.

Stroll was eliminated in Q1 for the fourth consecutive race and showed his frustration at the Losail International Circuit by throwing his steering wheel when pushed back into the garage and shoved his trainer after getting out of the car.

His trainer appeared to point him in the direction of getting weighed immediately after qualifying, which Stroll failed to do.

When speaking to F1 Media, Stroll was asked three questions but offered up only six words which underlined his frustration.

“The FIA Compliance Officer is in discussion with Lance Stroll in relation to several incidents that may have contravened FIA rules, policies and procedures during the Qatar Grand Prix,” an FIA spokesperson told Total-Motorsport.com.

Another poor weekend for Stroll

Sprint day wasn’t much better for Stroll as he could only manage 16th in the Sprint Shootout. In the Sprint Race he crossed the line in 13th but was given a five-second time penalty for track limits abuse.

The 24-year-old breached track limits on multiple occasions in the Grand Prix itself, so finished outside of the points for a fifth race running and revealed he nearly feinted during the race due to the conditions.

Stroll is 10th in the F1 drivers’ championship and 136 points behind Aston Martin teammate Fernando Alonso with five events remaining.

“We’re in a rut, and it’s not getting better,” a disgruntled Stroll told the media. “Frustration is just in the whole group right now.

“We want to do better, we want to get better. But it’s just a struggle right now. I’m just struggling with the car and just getting to grips with the balance. 

“I’m just not able to extract performance from it right now, which is just frustrating. I f**ing hate having a bad day. Not going to change.”

John Smith
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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