Racing Point driver Lance Stroll was disappointed with his result in the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, after finishing ninth.
The Silverstone-based team were expected to shine around the high speed Silverstone circuit, with the RP20 being so similar to last year’s Mercedes, and hopes were high after qualifying, with Stroll able to make it into Q3 on the medium compound tyre and then ending up sixth on the grid for the race.
But, Sunday’s race did not go to plan for the Canadian driver, as he fell back down the order at the start of the race, behind both McLaren’s and the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo, and he ultimately ended up finishing in ninth place, securing two points for Racing Point.
Speaking after the race, Stroll said: “We were able to keep up our run of scoring points in every race this season, but I’m disappointed to only finish in P9 and we need to go away and look into the reasons why.
“The balance of the car was better today and I expected us to be more competitive, but we slipped back in the race.
“It wasn’t our day today, so now we need to focus on next weekend and make sure we come back stronger and show what the car is capable of.
To make matters worse for Racing Point in their battle for fourth in the constructors’ championship against McLaren, Nico Hulkenberg failed to start the race after the drivetrain seized, and Racing Point CEO and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer conceded that the team needs to review what happened and understand what went wrong so it can be rectified for next weekend.
“A tough afternoon – starting with a power unit or gearbox issue, which meant Nico didn’t even make the start of the race.” Szafnauer added.
“The first indication of a problem was when we tried to fire up the car to go to the grid. There was basically a drivetrain seizure, the cause of which is still being investigated.
“It’s a shame for the entire team after such a huge effort to get Nico in the car.
“With Lance, we were especially unlucky with the timing of the safety car, which also ruled out any strategic benefit of starting on the medium tyres.
“After that, we were stuck in the train of cars and struggled with our race pace – certainly compared to the long runs we did on Friday.
“We need to understand where we lost out today so we can be stronger next week.”