Lance Stroll said qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix had been the worst session of his career after being eliminated in the first round.Fernando Alonso lapped eight-tenths of a second quicker than him in Q1 and went on to reach Q3 and qualify 10th.
Stroll suffered a disrupted start to his weekend at Monza. Aston Martin reserve driver Felipe Drugovich took over his car during first practice as the team completed one of their two obligatory sessions for inexperienced drivers. Stroll returned to his car for second practice but came to a stop early on due to a loss of fuel pressure and was unable to complete any running.
That left him with only a single hour of practice on Saturday morning before qualifying began. However he wasn’t sure how badly the lost practice had affected his preparation.
“It was definitely tricky,” he told media including RaceFans. “I’m just not feeling any grip in the car.
“I’m not sure if it was no laps yesterday or just generally in the session, just not getting to grips with it, but we’ve got to look into what happened because worst session I think we’ve ever had.”
“I didn’t do a lot yesterday,” he added, “but I think it was still just there was something going on today in the car that didn’t make sense so we’ve got to look into it.”
As Formula 1 is using the Alternative Tyre Allocation this weekend, all drivers in Q1 had to run on the hard tyre compound. Stroll does not believe that contributed to his poor result.
“Everyone’s on the hard tyre,” he said. “I definitely felt like the soft was much better in FP3 than the hard just now.
“But it looked like everyone, even on the hard tyre right now, was able to go a lot quicker than the soft in FP3. So I’m not really sure.”
He is pessimistic about his chances of recovering in the race. “We’re going to have to look into it,” he said, “but it’s going to be a hard race from 20th.”
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