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Stroll: Sensational in the rain, cannon fodder in the race?

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 | Sports

02. September 2017 – 18:33

Lance Stroll secured the second grid position at the Grand Prix of Italy

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(cafetheology.org) – Lance Stroll was the big sensation of the qualifying for the Grand Prix of Italy (Formula 1 2017 live in the ticker), but in the race in Monza it is expected to be chancen. "Stroll has a Monte Carlo downforce set-up, which is easy to overtake on the straights," says Red Bull Motorsports Consul Helmut Marko. Stroll mixed well on the wet track from the start, his team mate Felipe Massa ( 9.) always under control, was almost every time in a top 5-place. But that also had a reason: scarcely any other driver had put on such an extreme raincoat as he did. He'll be cannonfood tomorrow, if it's to stay dry, and he knows that. The podium was "a bit too optimistic," says the only 18-year-old Canadian, who will start from the front row as the youngest Formula 1 driver of all time on Sunday. "I would like to go to the Mercedes and the Ferrari, I have to drive my own race, clean up and do my job." But a statement from technical manager Paddy Lowe leaves a doubt , how much Williams really sets the set-up on a rain race. Lowe emphasizes: "Hopefully it will be dry tomorrow." Either way, he formulates a modest goal: "We hope that we will both be in the top 10." "Stroll is back in fourth place, one and a half seconds behind pole set Lewis Hamilton, but clearly ahead of the fifth placed Esteban Ocon. And because the two Red Bulls on P2 and P3 are moved backwards, he moves into the first row. "A special day", he can hardly believe it. "Just like Baku, I have to let that sink." Because his performance was all the more remarkable as he had never raced in the rain with a Formula One car! Lowe: "We said to him, 'Lance, you've never raced in the rain. Do you need additional laps in the final training?' Then he said, 'No, I'll take it as it comes.' "The car," says Stroll, "felt good, the brakes were great, the traction and balance was through Ascari and the two Lesmos I'm not sure if it's a good thing, but it's not a good thing to do it, but I think it's a good thing Round was really good. "With the exception of the podium in Baku, which was not quite fortunate, Stroll could hardly convince. The fact that he is so brilliant in the rain so brilliant, comes even for his own team out of the blue: "We are very pleasantly surprised," smiles Lowe. "In the rain talent shows best." Now Stroll even has the chance to go to the first corner with a superstart as the leader. But he does not want to know anything about it: "I'm not assuming I'm going to lead, I'll start just like the twelfth or 15th place, and then we'll see."

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