Stroll left to rue 'tough' weekend amid issues

Stroll left to rue 'tough' weekend amid issues

15 November 2017 – Lance Stroll described his Brazilian Grand Prix as a "tough weekend" after he suffered a series of issues en route to finishing as the final classified runner.

Stroll suffered a gearbox problem during the final practice session, damaging his power unit, meaning Williams had to revert to a previous unit, which was down on performance.

Stroll was eliminated from Q1 and a gearbox penalty dropped him one position to 16th on the grid, from where he stalled, slipping to the rear of the field.

The 19-year-old circulated in the lower end of the midfield group for the bulk of the race, and suffered a flat spot in his attempt to overhaul Haas rival Romain Grosjean.

The tyre eventually delaminated, forcing Stroll into the pits again, and meaning he came home a twice-lapped 16th.

"Everything has been bad this weekend," said Stroll, who slipped behind team-mate Felipe Massa in the Drivers' Championship, after the Brazilian finished seventh.

"It was very hard for me, because with the power unit we changed to after a problem in FP3, we had no qualifying mode, so I was running the old spec power unit and was losing time, lap after lap.

"I then stalled at the start and just couldn't compete. I had a flat spot and I knew there was going to be a problem.

"I had Grosjean on old tyres, I had DRS but I didn't have enough drive to get alongside him so I had to dive and then you risk a flat spot and that is just what happened.

"All in all, it has been a tough weekend and now I am just looking forward to Abu Dhabi."

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