For second consecutive race, Racing Point F1 team suffers double qualifying failure

Lance Stroll suffered mechanical issues in final pratice in Canada Saturday.

The Racing Point F1 team suffered a qualifying nightmare Saturday ahead of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, the home race for driver Lance Stroll.

Stroll and his consortium may have saved the team from falling out of existence in 2018, but ever since the takeover, results have taken a dramatic nosedive.

Sergio Perez is widely regarded as one of the better drivers in the paddock and the team did well to retain the Mexican’s services but the hiring of Lance Stroll, which raised eyebrows when it came at the expense of the highly rated Esteban Ocon, seems to have been proven to be a complete misstep.

In Monaco, Racing Point recorded their first double failure to reach Q2 and Saturday in Montreal made it two complete disasters in a row. For Stroll, the problem runs deeper. In each of the last 11 Grand Prix, a run stretching back to the 2018 U.S. Grand Prix, Stroll has failed to progress.

In his defense, on this particular occasion, Stroll was fighting with one hand tied behind his back. A spectacular engine failure in final practice left his mechanics with minimal time to perform a complete engine change, a change which forced Stroll back onto the old specification engine and cost him a few tenths in overall lap time. The Canadian said that, all things considered, it was a good recovery.

“It was a great job by then so it’s really unfortunate that both cars are knocked out in Q1,” said Stroll. “It didn’t look like that was going to be the case from where we’ve been throughout the weekend.

“We have to look into it. I don’t know what happened to Sergio but just, from my side, it’s tough to tell. I didn’t do P3 so I don’t know what the car was like and how it was behaving then but it’s surprising to see both cars out.”

Not quite his worst qualifying of the year, one place higher than in Monaco, Perez was equally downbeat about his days work, especially as he claims that the pace was in the car and it was he that failed to extract the time.

“It (the pace) was there,” said Perez. “That’s the worst feeling, when you know that you could have done better, especially when you’re out in Q1. Definitely the car had more than I did.

“I did a lockup into turn ten and lost a bit and the margins are very small. Also, the preparation was very difficult, a lot of cars going into the final corner, so it wasn’t ideal.”

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