Stroll feels podium finish was possible

Date published: July 19 2020

Lance Stroll finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in an impressive P4, but he thinks that he could have claimed his second podium.

Racing Point looked to have the second quickest car all weekend, and the Canadian driver took full advantage on Saturday to qualify in P3.

The changing conditions and various strategies saw him drop down the order early on. However, he quickly recovered and passed the Haas drivers to move back up to P3.

He ran there for a while before Valtteri Bottas pulled off the undercut to take the final podium place from him. Rather than pitting to cover Bottas, the team opted to keep Stroll out in the hopes that rain would return.

“I definitely think a podium was possible today,” Stroll said after the race as per Crash.net.

“We were staying out a bit longer towards the middle of the race where Valtteri undercut us when he was behind us – he went for the stop and we were expecting some more rain so we were trying to drag out that stint a little bit longer and unfortunately the rain never came.”

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The Mercedes was considerably quicker than the Racing Point both in qualifying and on race day. While accepting his team can’t fight the reigning champions, Stroll feels they could be the best of the rest going forward.

“He just managed to simply undercut us and by the time we pitted a couple of laps later he was eight seconds up the road and we were comfortably P4 at the stage,” he added.

“It’s been a solid weekend from start to finish and I truly believe we have the second fastest car here this weekend which gives me a lot of positivity moving forward this year.”

Stroll’s P4 finish moved him onto 18 points and P8 in the standings. He’s now level with Charles Leclerc and four points behind his team-mate Sergio Perez.

The strong start to the season made by the team could all be undone, however, if Renault’s protest proves successful. The French outfit lodged one again in the aftermath of the third race.

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