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Canadian Grand Prix | “The calendar is not the same without Montreal,” says Lance Stroll

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It’s not going well for Lance Stroll this season, but everything that has happened so far is now “past”. Instead, the Quebecer has their sights set on what’s to come: their first home game in three years.

Updated yesterday at 20:35

Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
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Drivers repeat this year after year: there is nothing more special than a race in his native country. Lance Stroll was deprived of him in 2020 and 2021. But he will finally return to the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit on Friday, during free practice.

“It’s always special to see the Canadian flags, the grand stands, the locals cheering on you… It’s an incredible feeling. It gives energy. It’s even more special to celebrate in Montreal when I have a good result, “suggested the 23-year-old with, as background noise, the rain falling head-on on Notre Island. -Madam, late Thursday afternoon.

As has been the case since the start of the campaign, Stroll will fight for a place in the top 10 this weekend. In eight races so far, he couldn’t do better than two 10sI am places, and his meager collection of two points places him in 17And to be classified in the drivers’ classification. His last point, in fact, dates back to 8 May. But contrary to what one might think, he is not discouraged.

If you get discouraged after a month, you are in the wrong sport. F1 is like that. My focus is this weekend. I have ideas as to why it hasn’t been perfect over the past weekend. We will focus on what is coming and do our best.

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Stroll finished in the points with two 9sI am square in two of his three career races on Canadian soil. The Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, with its curves and curbs, represents a challenge for the young driver that “he has always enjoyed”, he says.

“It could rain tomorrow and Saturday, so a lot of things can happen. I have good memories of this track and it’s nice to find it again. ”

The potential is there

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

“We are definitely going in the right direction,” Stroll said. It gives us more opportunities to improve the car on different types of tracks. […] We have been very competitive in some outings like Miami and Imola, we have been able to score points and fight for the top 10. In other tracks, we were really far away. We were very competitive in Baku and Munich. They are two very different tracks, so I think it’s encouraging for the whole team. ”


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

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However, the son of billionaire Lawrence Stroll has been far ahead of his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, in the last three races. The former world champion has 13 points in six races: he missed the first two due to COVID-19. He also managed a sixth place last weekend, in Baku.

“This is what you want in a teammate: someone who pushes you to be 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. ”

Asked if there was a way for him to draw inspiration from his teammate’s driving, the Quebecer couldn’t have been clearer: “He drives the car like he drives and I have ideas of what I want to do with the car. . I can drive it however I want. I focus on that. ”

It remains to be seen now where Sunday will take him.

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