On Saturday’s Q1 trials, a rear-end slide caused by running across the kerb resulted in Lance Stroll crashing into the barriers after the completion of the final turn. He was attempting to correct the slide at the time of the impact. Consequently, Aston Martin revealed that the Canadian driver, albeit “sore”, would inevitably miss the grand prix.
Lando Norris, the McLaren driver closely trailing Stroll during the accident, is of the opinion that the kerb’s particular quality is not compatible with the contemporary ground effect equipment in use. The encounter with the kerb, as Norris suggests, destabilises the cars running over it, instigating a palpable fear among the drivers regarding the potential aftermath if they decide to maintain full throttle.
Norris voiced his views over possible improvements to the track for the subsequent year. He stated, “There’s been quite a few instances of, as soon as you do it, you almost have to just get off the throttle and abort the lap. If you try and commit, you’re going to end up doing what Lance did.” From a safety perspective, he hinted that the current exit kerb does not quite live up to the standard and may need to be reviewed.
Simultaneously, Norris narrowly missed colliding with the wreckage of Stroll’s Aston Martin car, managing to evade the scattered debris and a rebounding wheel. Reflecting on his ordeal, Norris was unconscious of the incident until he was exiting the corner.
Disturbed by the sight of smoke and Stroll’s car still spinning and veering back on to the track, he promptly engaged the brakes to safeguard against a possible clash. Norris candidly admitted he had to duck a bit due to the flying debris and a tyre, while expressing relief at the sight of Stroll’s safe emergence from the crash scene. Highlighting the intensity of the incident, Norris concluded, “That was a big, big crash, and I think if you have a crash there, it’s going to be quite a nasty one…So, for him to get out as quickly as he did, I think was a good sign.”