Lance Stroll will start the Las Vegas Grand Prix in 19th place after being penalized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) during qualifying on Friday night.
The Quebecois took 14th position after setting a time of 1min 34.199s during the second segment (Q2), but was penalized five places for overtaking Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz while the double yellow flag was up.
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The Montreal native failed to qualify for Q3.
Despite everything, Stroll felt good, although he admits that this penalty will certainly not help him in the race.
“I felt pretty good in the car today and I was happy with my last lap, but I think we just lacked a bit of straight-line speed in Q2,” he said in comments carried by his Aston Martin team’s website. It can be the difference between elimination and going into Q3 when the field is so tight.”
“Tomorrow’s race (Sunday) will be difficult with my penalty at the start, but our pace is good in the corners and I think we can manage our tires well. (…) We will make the most of the situation and enjoy racing on the streets of Las Vegas.”
His teammate Fernando Alonso will start ninth, although he recorded the 10th time in qualifying (1 min 33.555 s).