Canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the US Formula 1 Grand Prix returns this year, and Quebecer Lance Stroll will be looking for his first career points at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend in Austin, Texas.
A penalty for embarrassing his opponent in qualifying in 2017, then a collision with Fernando Alonso who needed repairs after the first lap of 2018, spoiled his first two races in Cowboys territory. In 2019, during his first campaign with Force India, he was 13th after a tasteless race.
But despite these setbacks, Stroll enjoys traveling to Texas for this unique calendar milestone. The pleasure was doubled for him, as he took the opportunity to spend a few days north of the border to recharge his batteries.
“I love racing in Austin, and it’s great to be able to spend some time at home in Canada to recharge my batteries before the Grand Prix,” he began, according to a press release from Aston Martin.
This little break could be very important as Aston Martin is in the midst of a fight that is not doing it any good at the moment. The English brand was ranked seventh among the ten manufacturers in the race, 43 and 31 points behind Alpine and AlphaTauri, respectively. A return far from the expectations of the start of the campaign.
So the 22-year-old Montrealer is well aware of the importance of each of the six remaining races this season.
“It is a crucial race for the team and we will do everything we can to earn more points,” he said. It’s a challenging track with the first sector being flexible and the last sector requiring precision, making derailing easy. We will push the boundaries to set it in preparation for the race on Sunday.”
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