JV slams unwell Stroll for missing Eifel GP

Michelle Foster


Lance Stroll shouldn’t turn to Jacques Villeneuve for a sympathetic shoulder in the midst of his illness as the 1997 Champ reckons his compatriot should be racing no matter what.

And the fact that he’s not, means he “doesn’t have the absolute will” to make it in Formula 1.

Stroll is sitting out this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix, his Racing Point seat going to Nico Hulkenberg.

The Canadian withdrew from the race weekend due to illness.

While initially it was thought that the driver may have Covid-19, Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer says Stroll has tested negative.

He added: “He doesn’t have the classic COVID-19 symptoms. He just doesn’t feel well in himself.

“He has a bit of an upset stomach. So he was on the toilet the whole time. And he said ‘I’ve just got rid of a lot of fluid and I can’t get off the toilet for long enough to get in a race car’.

“So I don’t know if it’s something he ate or if it’s a tummy bug. He just said ‘I’m just not feeling up to it’.”

Villeneuve feels that’s a poor reason not to race.

The 1997 World Champion says an upset stomach should never keep a driver out of the car, at least not one who is determined to rise to the top in Formula 1.

“Even if you have a stomach ache or have not eaten for a whole week, you still go racing,” RacingNews365 quotes the Canadian as having told Sky Italia.

“If you’re really hungry to make it in Formula 1 , you’re always going to race and not quit.

“So either Lance is really in a lot of pain and pain, which means he has something bad going on, or he simply doesn’t have the absolute will to make it.”

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It is not the first time that Villeneuve has slammed his compatriot, taking umbrage with Stroll’s pay driver status.

He criticised that in 2017, saying Stroll’s rookie season was one of the “worst rookie performances in the history of Formula 1”, while a year later he urged Williams test driver Robert Kubica to deliberately sabotage Stroll.

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