Lance Stroll on the Italian Grand Prix: "It's just a disaster really"

09-09-2019 13:09
by Louis Shaw
F1 News
Lance Stroll on the Italian Grand Prix: It's just a disaster really

Lance Stroll was really unlucky at the Italian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel crashed into him as he rejoined the track after spinning and caused damage to the Racing Point. Stroll was then penalized himself for causing Pierre Gasly to leave the track, pretty much ending his chances of scoring points. 

"That's a tough one to take," Stroll said. "We should have scored good points today. It all went wrong when Vettel came back on the track very aggressively and hit me. I'm quite upset with him for what happened. I tried to avoid him by going to the left but he just kept moving forward and eventually, we made contact: I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I did everything I could to avoid him and I was even cautious with the yellow flag. I lifted off and he just came back on at Ascari and there was really nothing I could do, even at the speed I was going. He clipped me, I spun and then I was pointing the wrong way. When I was coming back onto the circuit myself, I got penalized for no fault of my own.

"It's just a disaster really. I couldn't see Pierre: I was just trying to get off the racing line and away from the dangerous position Vettel forced me into. We were looking pretty strong in seventh, with a decent gap to eighth, pulling away from the McLaren, and keeping the Renaults insight. It was looking like a pretty smooth race from there, but it just goes to show how quickly things can turn around.

"There's a lot of racing left this year and more improvements to come. This one is going to sting for a day or two. I think there were a lot of points up for grabs, but that's racing."

Stroll has looked fast after the summer break and will hope to get some points next time out in Singapore. 

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