Lance Stroll was surprised Charles Leclerc did not receive a penalty for their accident on the first lap of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix
The Racing Point and Ferrari came together at the exit of Turn 4 whilst fighting for seventh, with Leclerc tapping the right rear wheel of Stroll, sending the Racing Point into a spin.
Stroll was unable to catch the car and collided with the wall, ending his race immediately, while Leclerc went on to finish the race in sixth.
And, speaking after the race, Stroll said that he gave Leclerc more than enough room going into the corner and was surprised that the stewards didn’t penalise him for the contact.
“I made a great start to the race and I was up to P7 by the time of the collision.” said the Racing Point driver after the race.
“Having had the free choice of tyres, by starting outside of the top 10, we were in a really good place to execute a strong race and score plenty of points.
“Sadly, it wasn’t to be because my right-rear tyre got hit by Leclerc on the opening lap.
“I’m very surprised that he didn’t get a penalty because I left him plenty of room and he could have avoided making contact by not going so wide on the exit.
“I was on the edge of the track and couldn’t have done more to avoid him, so I’m disappointed that a careless move cost us a potentially good result.”
The stewards deemed the contact as a racing incident between the pair, but Racing Point Team Principal, Otmar Szafnauer, was disappointed that the team missed out on a decent haul of points when they were not at fault.
“It was a bittersweet race with Lance being taken out of the race on lap one – through no fault of his own – when Leclerc hit his right rear tyre.” added Szafnauer.
“That spun Lance around and into the wall. It’s a massive shame because he had made a superb start and was already up in P7 right behind Checo.
“Given the pace of the car, it’s frustrating that Lance couldn’t score the points he deserved today.”