Stroll and Kvyat both crash into Baku barriers

Mark Scott
Lance Stroll stretched his run of Q1 exits to seven in China.

Lance Stroll stretched his run of Q1 exits to seven in China.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat contributed to a chaotic day of practice in Baku with both crashing out of FP2.

The red flags were a constant disruption throughout Friday in the Azerbaijan capital and both drivers prompted more delays with separate crashes in the afternoon session.

Stroll was just eight laps into his running before losing his front wing and front-left tyre to the barrier at Turn 2.

However, despite a big lack of track time, he said he was still able to experience some form of rhythm in his Racing Point car.

“It’s been a tough start to the weekend, we lost track time this morning but it was the same for everybody,” said Stroll.

“Free Practice 2 had started better: I felt a good rhythm with the car in the laps I did this afternoon, but I had a snap on entry coming into Turn 2, the rear came out on me and that was that, I ended up in the wall.

“It’s frustrating, but it is what it is. The team did their best to get the car back out on track for the end of the session, but we just missed out by the smallest of margins.”

Daniil Kvyat, meanwhile, gatecrashed the top six in FP2, but the birthday boy tarnished that result by crashing into the barrier on the exit of Turn 7.

“It was quite a strange day, there was no running in FP1 besides an installation lap, then in FP2 something happened with the steering wheel, so we had to take a break to fix it,” Kvyat said after practice.

“This meant we lost some important running and, consequently, I had to find the limits of the track very quickly on my next run. Unfortunately, I locked up and had an oversteer moment which led to some contact with the wall.

“On the positive side, the feeling of the car was very good before the accident, so we’ll keep pushing to improve even further tomorrow.”

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