Stroll hails SportPesa Racing Point ‘diet’

Michelle Foster
Racing Point

Lance Stroll hails SportPesa Racing Point 'diet'

Arriving in Hockenheim with a slimmed down RP19, Lance Stroll reckons the “diet” is clearly working for Racing Point’s 2019 challenger.

SportPesa Racing Point introduced several upgrades for their 2019 car at the Hockenheimring on Friday with both drivers finishing inside the top ten in FP2.

The updates included sidepods in line with Red Bull Racing’s slimmer design as well as changes to the cooling system, to accommodate the new design, the floor and the mirrors.

Stroll, who was P7 and less than a second off the pace, says he is very happy.

“It is good to see we are in the upper end of things for a change,” the Canadian, who has yet to get out of Q1 this season, told AFP.

“It has been a while so it is always a good start to the weekend.

“The car is very different here – she’s actually been on a diet!

“It is good and we have to keep it up.

“Days like this are always nice, but it’s a practice session and it doesn’t count for anything.”

As for Perez, the Mexican racer was 10th fastest on Friday, 1.069s down on the P1 time.

He said: “When we look at our balance and our levels of pace, I think we have definitely done a good improvement – and the car is feeling better.

“I think we can work around it a little bit better, but I think we have a lot of work to do in terms of balancing the car.”

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