Stroll turns upside down after Bahrain restart

Jon Wilde
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Bahrain Grand Prix start

Lance Stroll ended upside down in his Racing Point as the Bahrain Grand Prix restart swiftly resulted in a Safety Car period.

The race had been delayed for around 90 minutes following the horrific fireball crash in which Romain Grosjean walked away with the help of medics when his Haas car speared into the barrier at high speed, split in two and burst into flames.

A second standing start took place when the race eventually resumed and Stroll, who had been off the track briefly first time around, collided with Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri and turned upside down.

Stroll quickly came on the radio and informed the team he was okay before being seen clambering out of the car.

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Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer told Sky F1: “Lance is fine. He came on the radio and said he was okay, just upside down and hanging by the seatbelts. But he’s fine.”

For Kvyat, this was the second incident of the race as it was his car that clipped Grosjean’s before the Haas veered off the circuit in such horrifying fashion.

While the Safety Car was circling, Lewis Hamilton was leading the race in his Mercedes ahead of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and Sergio Perez’s Racing Point.

But the World Champion’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas sustained a puncture and having had to make a pit-stop, dropped down the order to P16.

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