Canadian Grand Prix | “The calendar isn’t the same without Montreal,” says Lance Stroll

Things aren’t going well for Lance Stroll this season, but everything that has happened so far is now “in the past”. Instead, the Quebecer has his eyes on what’s to come: his first home race in three years.

Updated yesterday at 8:35pm.

Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
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The pilots repeat it year after year: there is nothing more special than a race in his home country. Lance Stroll was stripped of his in 2020 and 2021. But he will finally return to the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit during free practice on Friday.

“It’s always special to see the Canadian flags, the grandstands, the locals cheering for you… It’s an amazing feeling. There is energy. It’s even more special to celebrate in Montreal when I have a good result,” the 23-year-old driver suggested, as background noise came from the rain pelting head-on on Notre Island. -Lady, Thursday, late afternoon.

Stroll will be fighting for a spot in the as it has been since the beginning of the campaign top 10 this weekend. In eight races so far he hasn’t gotten more than two 10sare places, and his meager collection of two points puts him in 17th placee rank in the drivers’ standings. In fact, his last point is from May 8th. But contrary to what one might think, he is not discouraged.

If you’re discouraged after a month, you’re in the wrong sport. F1 is like that. My focus is this weekend. I have ideas as to why it hasn’t been perfect the past few weekends. We’ll focus on what’s to come and do our best.

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Stroll ended up in the points with two ninesare Places in two of his three career races on Canadian soil. The Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, with its curves and curbs, presents a challenge for the young driver that he “has always liked,” he says.

“There may be some rain tomorrow and Saturday, so a lot can happen. I have fond memories of this track and it feels good to find it again. »

The potential is there

Earlier in the season, Stroll told Canadian media the new regulations “sucked”. On Thursday he reiterated that the cars were “much stiffer and heavier” than last year. However, Aston Martin made changes to its car in the first half of the season.

“We’re definitely going in the right direction,” said Stroll. It gives us more opportunities to improve the car on different track types. […] We were very competitive in some games like Miami and Imola, we were able to score points and fight for them top 10. We were really far on other routes. We were very competitive in Baku and Monaco. It’s two very different tracks, so I think that’s encouraging for the whole team. »

Photo Olivier Jean, DIE PRESSE

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Everyone is in the same boat. It was an adaptation for multiple drivers and teams. We learn something new every weekend and have good ideas for the future.

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Nevertheless, the son of billionaire Lawrence Stroll was well ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the last three races. The ex-world champion has 13 points in six races – missing the first two due to COVID-19. He also managed a sixth place last weekend in Baku.

“That’s what you want in a teammate: someone who pushes you to get better,” Stroll said. You have to push each other to get the best out of the car and help the team develop in the best possible way. »

When asked if there was any way he could take inspiration from his teammate’s driving style, the Quebecer couldn’t have been clearer: “He drives the car the way he drives it and I have ideas about what to do with it want to do to the car. I can ride it however I want. That’s what I’m concentrating on. »

Where it will take him on Sunday remains to be seen.

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