Stroll finally makes Q2, but it’s a ‘step backwards’

Jamie Woodhouse
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Despite making Q2 for the first time since Japan 2018, Lance Stroll feels SportPesa Racing Point took a “step backwards” in qualifying for the German GP.

It had been 15-consecutive eliminations in the first phase of qualifying for the Canadian, but that run came to an end when he earned P15 on the grid for the German Grand Prix.

However, Stroll didn’t see it as a weight off his shoulders and was instead frustrated because he thought Q3 was a possibility – a theory proven by team-mate Sergio Perez who secured P8 on the grid.

“My qualifying was far from ideal, and it’s a shame because the car had the pace to make Q3 today,” Stroll explained.

“The car felt good in Q1 and we were competitive, but Q2 fell away from me.

“Yesterday we were looking really strong but we didn’t really get the balance right in Q2 and if anything took a step backwards compared to where we were.”

Rain is a possibility for Sunday’s race and Stroll thinks a points finish is well within his reach.

“I’m a little bit frustrated, but tomorrow is another day,” said the 20-year-old.

“We know we always race well and maybe we will get some wet weather. It won’t be easy from P15, but I still think we can target some points.”

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