Near miss: Racing Point's Lance Stroll leads before settling for fourth-place finish at F1 German Grand Prix

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll is cheered on by team engineers after a fourth-place finish in Germany on Sunday.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll narrowly missed out on a podium in the F1 German Grand Prix on Sunday after a bold tire strategy catapulted him from the back of the field to briefly leading the race.

The finish netted the second-best result of Stroll’s F1 career and his best since third place in the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Canadian was justifiably pleased with the performance, although a little disappointed that he wasn’t able to land a podium.

“It’s a bit unfortunate that the podium slipped away from us today because we were definitely in a position to finish on the podium with 20 laps to go,” said Stroll. “I think I was leading the race at one point. A small error in turn eight allowed Daniil (Kvyat) to get by and that was a bit disappointing but aside from that, it was a hectic race and we were in the back for the majority of it but were on the right tire for the last 20 laps and that’s all that counts.”

The first driver to return to slicks after a mid-race rain shower, Stroll persuaded even race-leader Max Verstappen to switch tire compound — a sign of how well the Canadian was performing.

“I was driving around the circuit with my visor half open for a whole lap, looking and inspecting the tarmac to see whether it was good enough for slicks and we had to take the risk with those 20 laps to go,” said Stroll. “We were at the back, we weren’t scoring points and it wasn’t fully dry at that stage of the race.

“There were still some corners where it was quite damp and it was just about survival but I knew if we could just jump our competitors who were still on inters at that time, we’d be in pretty good shape and that was the case.”

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