In a remarkably agitated state, racing driver Lance Stroll was seen seemingly pushing his trainer aside following his elimination from the inaugural round of qualifying sessions that were a part of the Qatar Grand Prix in DOHA, Qatar.
Lance Stroll, who drives for Aston Martin is in a continuing spell of poor racing performance. Aston Martin is owned by his billionaire father, Lawrence. His lackluster streak continues as he failed, yet again, to move past Q1, making this the fourth consecutive event he’s not able to.
Without any penalties being levied on other participants, Stroll is destined to initiate Sunday’s iconic race from a lowly 17th place.
Footage shown later on the F1 global feed seemed to show Stroll physically shoving his osteopath and performance coach, Henry Howe. However, the footage was partially obscured by a wall present at the back of the team’s garage.
What was clearly visible on the replay, however, was Stroll exiting his vehicle and turning a blind eye to Howe’s direction to proceed elsewhere, likely to the FIA‘s weighbridge station.
Howe subsequently tailed Stroll to the back of the garage, which is where the said incident is alleged to have occurred.
Further, Stroll’s post-incident interview with F1 TV was a terse exchange of eight words. Responding to questions about his feelings, Stroll succinctly replied, “Yeah, it’s s—.” Pursuing the narrative, when questioned what was going wrong, he simply said, “I don’t know”.
As his weekend’s racing features a sprint race on Saturday, the final question posed to him was about any change in mindset he’d adopt. “Keep driving”, was all Stroll conceded in reply.
Aston Martin‘s response to F1 Initiative’s request for clarification about the situation in the team’s garage was awaited at the time of reporting.
His unsatisfactory performance has undoubtedly been a significant setback for Aston Martin in this year’s constructors’ championship. Out of the team total of 221 points, Stroll has managed to contribute merely 47.
In contrast, Stroll’s teammate, Fernando Alonso, has enjoyed considerably better fortune as he’s been on the podium seven times. Astonishingly, Stroll’s best race performance was at the opening in Australia where he managed to secure the fourth place just once this season.