Stroll cleared by stewards, keeps shock pole

Jamie Woodhouse
Lance Stroll Racing Point

Lance Stroll says 2020 a season of missed opportunities.

Lance Stroll’s shock pole position at the Turkish Grand Prix stands after being cleared of a possible yellow flag infringement.

The Canadian racer came out on top at the end of a thrilling Q3 at Istanbul Park, claiming pole position for the first time in his career with a 1:47.765 in the Racing Point RP20.

However, there was a risk that the stewards could have pulled the plug on any celebrations.

They summoned Stroll to their office after he allegedly failed to slow at Turn 7 despite the yellow flags on his pole lap.

According to reports, Stroll was told “that was a single yellow so keep pushing” on his pole lap. The incident which triggered them is believed to be Sergio Perez’s slide into the gravel in the other Racing Point.

Lando Norris has also been called to the stewards’ room for a similar offence during Q1, though they have said that all drivers are under investigation.

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But the stewards have ultimately decided to clear Stroll of any potential wrongdoing and released the following statement:

‘The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 18 (Lance Stroll), the team representative and reviewed video, telemetry and marshalling system evidence.

‘Car 18 approached turn 7 with a single yellow flag showing for the sector due to Car 11 (Sergio Perez) off track on the outside of the corner. By telemetry, Car 18 clearly came off the throttle, coasted into the corner, and then accelerated when clear of the incident. Sector times do not clearly show this as the track was rapidly drying and each lap was quicker than the preceding lap.

‘Competitors are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Stewards, in accordance with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 10.1.1 of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules, within the applicable time limits.’

Kevin Magnussen was extremely critical of the situation, saying nobody paid attention to the yellow flags during Q1, except for him.

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