Lance Stroll’s shock P4 finish at the German GP has raised £11,000 for Breast Cancer Care courtesy of the SportPesa Grid That Gives initiative.
SportPesa, the title sponsor of Racing Point, announced the scheme before the British Grand Prix where £1,000 would be donated for every place Stroll and team-mate Sergio Perez gained in the race from their starting position.
After securing £5,000 at Silverstone for going from P18 to P13, Stroll went several steps further at the Hockenheimring thanks to an audacious strategy call from SportPesa Racing Point.
Stroll was the first driver to stop for the slick tyres after the track dried for a second time, allowing him to use his sizeable pace advantage to briefly make it up to P1.
The 20-year-old was unable to fend off Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat and Sebastian Vettel to secure a second podium in Formula 1, but P4 and £11,000 in the bag for Breast Cancer Care made it a highly successful German Grand Prix.
“It’s a bit unfortunate that the podium slipped away from us today, because we were definitely in a position to finish on the podium with 20 laps to go,” Stroll told reporters after the race.
“A small error in Turn 8 allowed Dany to get by, that was a bit disappointing but aside from that it was a hectic race, and we were in the back for the majority of it but we were on the right tyre with 20 laps to go.
“We tried our best to keep the quicker cars behind, but the podium was just out of reach.
“Today’s race shows why you should never give up because it’s never over until it’s over.
“It’s great to see how much this result means to the team and it was so special to see the crew celebrating on the pit wall when I crossed the line.
“This important result is for everyone in the team and we will enjoy this moment.”
IT'S P4 FOR @LANCE_STROLL AT HOCKENHEIM!!!!!
— SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) July 28, 2019
Team principal Otmar Szafnauer was disappointed to see the Safety Car late on, believing that without it Stroll may well have made the podium.
“We rolled the dice a few times with Lance’s strategy, but we timed the final switch to dry tyres perfectly and Lance emerged in the lead of the race for a short while,” Szafnauer said;
“We gave it everything to try and bring home the podium and we were looking comfortable holding off Bottas.
“Without the late safety car, we might have pulled it off, but the fourth place feels incredibly satisfying. It was a fantastic drive by Lance in very tricky conditions.”