Lance Stroll tried to unlap himself from Lewis Hamilton at the Hungarian Grand Prix but was unable to do so and eventually finished P11.
Stroll lined up P14 on the grid, outqualifying his retiring teammate Sebastian Vettel. Vettel struggled to put a clean lap in following his crash in FP3.
Stroll started well and was running in the points for the first part of the race. The Canadian then was unfortunately involved in a tangle with Daniel Ricciardo as the Australian locked up on his hard tyres.
He was then asked to swap places with medium-shod Vettel who was faster at that point in the race. Finally, Stroll finished just outside points in 11th.
Everyone up to Fernando Alonso in 8th was lapped but Stroll on his new softs tried to unlap himself from Hamilton who was on old mediums.
Seeing his pace against Hamilton, Stroll asked on the radio if it was okay to unlap:
“Can I unlap Hamilton?,”
His race engineer replied:
“If you’ve got the pace mate, yes you can,”
The Candian tried to make a pass on Turn 2 and Turn 3 as Briton gave him ample space to unlap before moving back on the racing line at the uphill Turn 4.
Hamilton eventually stopped for fresh softs giving the lap back to Stroll. The Briton on his new softs passed Carlos Sainz and teammate George Russell to finish P2 behind the winner, Max Verstappen.
Stroll postrace said that the car was “fine” but was annoyed about his contact with Daniel Ricciardo. But said it was that “it was racing”.
Stroll suggested that they need to improve their qualifying pace if they want to score regularly on race days.
“Yeah, I mean we seem better on Sunday than on Saturday so we’ve got to work away,”
Stroll currently stands 18th in the driver’s championship.
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