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US Lance Stroll: Coronavirus really got to me

23:10  03 march  2021
23:10  03 march  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Lance Stroll räumt ein: 2020 war er körperlich nicht immer voll da © Motorsport Images Lance Stroll admits: In 2020 he wasn't always physically full

No, the second half of the 2020 Formula 1 season certainly didn't go as Lance Stroll wanted. After his serious accident in the Mugello , the Racing Point driver found it difficult to get back on track and only scored points in three out of eight races. But in the meantime Stroll is clear why that was: He blames it mainly on his coronavirus infection, but not only on it.

After seven points including a podium in the first eight races, his 2020 season after the Tuscany Grand Prix was overturned. "Then after Mugello, I went through a really tough couple of weeks," says Stroll. "I don't think it was just a result of the accident."

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In Mugello, Stroll had flown off after a technical defect on his RP20 and hit the tire wall hard. At the subsequent Russian Grand Prix he was stranded in the starting lap, also through no fault of his own. "A Ferrari hit me there, which unfortunately took me out of the race," said Stroll. In this phase it was simply "difficult" for him.

Lance Stroll © Aston Martin Lance Stroll Corona case before the Germany race "After that I was infected with the corona virus and had to sit out in Germany. I will probably still have the effect of this at the following two Grands Prix [in Portimao and in Imola], and not too tightly. I had hardly any energy and was also not well prepared mentally. " Looking back,

Stroll admits: "I must have underestimated how much the virus would exhaust me. In the races mentioned I had a real physical struggle."

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It wasn't until the Turkish Grand Prix that he found his way back to normal, explains the Canadian racing driver. There he impressed his first pole position with

and a few leading laps, but only finished in P9 in the end, before finishing in the top 3 for a second time in Bahrain shortly afterwards in the 2020 season. midfield will be more competitive - also in 2021?

The final phase of the year was simply no picnic, stresses Stroll. Not only did he have to fight personally, his team also had a hard time against the competition. Stroll: "The competition was much closer towards the end of the year and not comparable to the start of the season, when we easily drove both cars to P4 and P5, or sometimes even further forward."

Due to the hard-fought final phase of the 2020 season, Stroll also expects a midfield in 2021, in which it will be "extremely close". "That's why it is said: stay focused and go home."

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