Stroll: Car setup was difficult, confident for race

Lance Stroll has said Racing Point struggled with car setup for qualifying at the British Grand Prix, after he placed sixth at Silverstone with Nico Hulkenberg thirteenth.

Having set the fastest time in FP2, the Canadian wasn’t able to challenge the top of the midfield when it really mattered today as he qualified behind Lando Norris and four tenths behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.

Stroll said: “It was difficult to find the optimum balance of the car today, and that affected us in the first sector – we lost a little bit of time there in qualifying.

“We looked stronger in practice yesterday, so we need to go away and understand how we can come back stronger tomorrow.”

However, he set his fastest time in Q2 on the medium tyres so will have optimal strategy for the race alongside Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel.

“The positive today is that we’re starting P6 tomorrow and our strategy worked out – meaning we have the advantage of starting on the medium tyre and that should help us fight some of the cars around us.” he added.

Nico Hulkenberg stepped into the other Racing Point this weekend at very short notice, and was positive on his Saturday performance. Having spent eight months away from F1 he was half a tenth away from making it to Q3 and will line up 13th tomorrow.

He said: “We were so close to making it to Q3, and I’m happy with that considering I’ve come in from the cold this weekend!”

“It’s a big ask after eight months away to come back and jump into a completely different environment – and into a Formula 1 car I’ve never driven before and immediately perform.”

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO and Team Principle of Racing Point, added: “We took an aggressive approach to qualifying today with Lance running on the medium tyres in Q2.

“It was a difficult call, but we felt the strategic benefits for the race made the risk worthwhile.

“Lance wasn’t totally happy with his Q3 lap, but sixth place on the grid sets us up nicely for our home race.”