Lance Stroll, Racing Point, Sochi Autodrom, 2020

Cause of Stroll’s “triple whammy” Mugello crash still unclear

2020 Russian Grand Prix

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Racing Point say the exact cause of Lance Stroll’s heavy crash in the Tuscan Grand Prix remains unclear.

Stroll crashed out of the race when he suffered a tyre failure in the high-speed Arrabbiata two corner. He was in fourth place, closing on Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault for third, when the crash occured.

“We know what happened, we just don’t know why it happened,” said Racing Point technical director Andrew Green.

“The tyre failed, basically, on the exit at the corner. Our conclusions are that it failed from some debris. But we just don’t know where the debris came from. That’s the point. So we can say the tyre failed, something punctured the tyre, we don’t know.”

The consequences of Stroll’s retirement went far beyond the points lost, said Green. “Unfortunately it was a triple-whammy failure.

“He lost a very good position that he was running in. The crash destroyed the only upgrade that we had so we couldn’t bring two upgraded cars to here.

“And it damaged that power unit as well. So we lost a power unit. So it’s really tough luck. He’s not getting the rub of the green at the moment, that’s for sure.”

Racing Point were only able to produce one new example of the upgrade for the Russian Grand Prix, which Stroll is running. While team mate Sergio Perez does not have the team’s new aerodynamic parts, both drivers have revised suspension which the team have produced for this weekend.

“Here was a rear suspension update – quite a significant one – and a bit of a front suspension as well, but mainly rear,” said Green. “It seemed to give good results so we’re happy with the way it’s gone so far.”

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3 comments on “Cause of Stroll’s “triple whammy” Mugello crash still unclear”

  1. I have an idea the 2020 Merc suspension is cheering Sebi up as well. But a bit depressing for Checo, one way and another.

    1. Don’t know if the suspension is 2020, can’t see merc share their silver bullet. As far as I’m aware only merc and rb have “trick” suspensions.

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