Lance Stroll lifts the lid on reason behind massive Fernando Alonso deficit

Lance Stroll has explained the massive gulf in points between himself and Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin this season as being down to a lot of bad luck, as well as a need to improve the performance on his side.

The Canadian driver currently trails his two-time world champion team-mate by 102 points heading into the summer break, with Alonso bringing in six podiums for the team compared to Stroll’s best finish of P4 at the Australian Grand Prix.

Stroll’s season was hindered before it even began when the 24-year-old suffered a serious cycling accident during pre-season. The Montreal-born driver fractured both wrists and suffered a broken toe in the crash, leaving Felipe Drugovich in the car for testing in Bahrain and requiring a mammoth effort to return to fitness in time for the season opener.

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Speaking to Motor Sport about his struggles this season, Stroll explained: “Hopefully we get back to a stage where we’re that competitive. I do believe we can do that. I mean, it definitely didn’t help to miss 250 laps of testing or whatever it was, and just be physically not at my best earlier on in the season. 

“However, I think more than my injury we probably got hurt more by bad fortune on the track. We were running fourth in Jeddah and then we had the engine issue. We were competitive as a team in Miami, but we had a very bad qualifying, so we were on the back foot there on a track you can’t overtake. 

“Same thing in Monaco again, we hit [Lando] Norris’ debris in Q2, and that was just the end of our session starting 14th, and at a track where you want to be up at the front.”

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Unfortunately for Stroll, bad luck can only explain so much with a points deficit as large as this. The Canadian driver has failed to reach Q3 on five occasions already this season, while Alonso has made it through to the final stage of qualifying at all 12 rounds. 

Alonso has dominated the head-to-head battles this year, beating Stroll in 11 of the 12 races and only being unqualified by the 24-year-old on two occasions.

The former Williams driver isn’t giving up hope yet though, claiming: “I think this year is honestly a lot of things that are out of our control that have really affected us. And I think if we have clean weekends, the results will be better. That’s what I honestly believe.”

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