Lance Stroll’s anger was clear to see after he failed to progress beyond the first round of qualifying for the fourth race weekend in a row in Qatar.Aston Martin driver threw the steering wheel from the cockpit of his car after his latest elimination. He then appeared to push team member Henry Howe aside as he left the garage.
Howe is Stroll’s osteopath and performance coach, who the driver credited for aiding his recovery from injury after he broke his wrists in a pre-season cycling crash.
Stroll’s frustration peaked after he ended Q1 in 17th place, 1.1 seconds slower than team mate Fernando Alonso in third. He told the official F1 website it had been a “shit” session.
In a press release distributed by his team, Stroll explained the circumstances which led up to his latest Q1 elimination.
“My first lap was deleted due to track limits and I had to abort my second due to traffic, so I had a big job to do for my final run,” he said. “The car felt okay, but we just didn’t have the pace.
“We’ve got another opportunity to go again tomorrow, and learn what we can ahead of the sprint events.”
Alonso continued his unbroken run of reaching Q3 at every event this year, something no other driver has achieved. Stroll has only made it to the final stage on seven occasions, and this was his fifth exit in Q1.
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