Stroll can't wait for "special" support at his home race in Canada

04-06-2019 11:25
by Bobby Vincent
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Stroll can't wait for special support at his home race in Canada

It's been a very tough start to the season for Lance Stroll, but on Sunday, he will drive for his new team Racing Point at his home race in Canada and it's a moment he is extremely excited for.

Stroll has been in the points twice this season for Racing Point - in the season-opener in Australia and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix - as he prepares for his home grand prix in Montreal.

The Canadian-born driver has the unwanted tally of 11 straight qualifying sessions where he has been eliminated in Q1, and with the qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix so crucial; he will be desperate to change that on Saturday.

"Nothing beats your home race," Stroll said in Racing Point's official preview of the Canadian Grand Prix. "I was born in Montreal and grew up there so it's always a special week.

"When I was a kid, the Canadian Grand Prix was always the race I went to with my Dad (Lawrence Stroll, owner). I remember being five or six years old and being there when Michael (Schumacher) was winning. He was a real hero of mine.

"The F1 race is a big deal for Montreal. You can feel the excitement and buzz in the city all week, and I really enjoy and feed off the atmosphere. Canadians love F1 and the race has become a tradition for the city.

"The whole weekend feels like a festival and I get huge support from the fans. Seeing the Canadian flags in the grandstands and knowing that the crowd is behind you feels very special."

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