Stroll: The corner was mine


Lance Stroll believes Sergio Perez was entirely to blame for his DNF in China as he knew “the corner was mine.”

Stroll retired from Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix after being hit on the rear left by the Force India driver as they fought for position on the opening lap.

The impact sent the Williams rookie flying off the track and into the gravel.

The stewards ruled that no one was to blame, however, Stroll feels Perez was in the wrong.

“I was hit from the rear at turn ten and that was the end of my race,” he said.

“I was in front, knew the corner was mine and had to turn in eventually.

“It was just unfortunate as that was my race over.

“I got hit and then the car was broken, most likely with a puncture and damaged suspension.”

Perez, though, reckons Stroll didn’t get him any space.

“I made a very poor start and lost five or six places before Turn One,” he said. “As soon as I dropped the clutch, I went into wheel spin.

“I recovered some places during lap one, but then there was contact with Stroll in Turn Ten, which gave me a puncture.

“I don’t think he saw me on the inside because he didn’t give me any space.”