Lance Stroll says “everything went wrong” for him in qualifying after he was eliminated 14th in Q2 during Monaco Grand Prix qualifying.Fernando Alonso came within a tenth of a second of securing a stunning pole position, Stroll was eliminated in the second phase of qualifying in 14th place. He was over half a second slower than his team mate and will start 12 places behind Alonso.
Stroll blamed his elimination on a multitude of factors all converging during the second session that left him out of the top ten. He lost time being called to the weighbridge and ran wide at Rascasse on his final run.
“Just everything really went wrong,” Stroll told media including RaceFans. “Didn’t get the tyres prepared properly, we got called to the weigh bridge. A lot of things just went wrong. I missed turn 18 – I lost half a second there. Just everything went wrong.
“The potential was there, we were like third in Q1 and I was feeling good in the car and it just all went downhill in Q2. So I don’t know what happened.”
Stroll was called to the weigh bridge after his initial run in the second session but missed the turning to make the bridge, having to be pushed back by his Aston Martin mechanics. He is under investigation by the stewards for failing to adhere to weigh bridge procedure.
He described the incident as: “Just a miss and a push back, so nothing major.”
Starting in the midfield, Stroll admits he faces a difficult prospect during the race on Sunday. “I mean, here, it’s going to be tough tomorrow,” he said.
“It’s going to be about maybe going long, or pitting early and undercutting – one or the other. We’ll see. Hopefully a bit of rain mixes things up and we’ll see what we can do.”
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