Lance Stroll reveals cause behind his and Aston Martin’s downturn in form

Stroll has struggled once gain in Qatar as Aston Martin continue to slip behind their rivals.


Lance Stroll has admitted he and Aston Martin are in a rut as a sluggish Qatar Grand Prix weekend continues. 

Following his fourth consecutive Q1 exit, Stroll lashed out at an Aston Martin team employee in the garage not long after throwing his steering wheel when climbing out of the car.

Sprint day wasn’t much better as Stroll could only manage 16th in the shootout before driving a quiet race to 13th, before being demoted to 15th after receiving a five-second penalty for track limits breaches.

“No, but we’re in a rut, and it’s not getting better,” a disgruntled Stroll told the media after the Sprint. “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.”

Not confident in the car

Not since the Belgian GP has Stroll finished in the points-paying positions, matching his worst run of form from the end of the 2019 season, when he failed to score in the final four races.

Despite Fernando Alonso’s seven podiums, Aston Martin have fallen from second to fourth in the constructors’ championship and are at risk of plummeting to as low as fifth if McLaren can overhaul their points deficit in the final five races.

“Yeah, we’re locked in, and it’s going to be tough,” admitted Stroll. “I think we’re going to see what we can do [with the] strategy. Hopefully, a few things happen in front of us.

“But in terms of actual pace. I’m not super confident for tomorrow because I know what the limitations of the car and I know that I’m not confident driving it right now,

“At the beginning of the year, I think the car gave a bigger window for different driving styles to work, and right now, it has a lot of limitations that I don’t like.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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