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Stroll: Monza F1 win was ‘mine to lose’ after red flag

Stroll was in a position to rise from eighth within the opening stint to sit down second when the race was purple flagged after Racing Point opted in opposition to pitting the Canadian below the 2 security automotive durations.

It meant the workforce might full a free tyre probability on Stroll’s automotive below the purple flag, saving him a pit cease.

This made Stroll the web chief after Lewis Hamilton was handed a cease/go penalty forward of the race restart for coming into the pit lane when it was closed below the primary security automotive interval.

But a sluggish getaway on the restart noticed Stroll lose positions to Pierre Gasly, Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi and Carlos Sainz on the primary lap again below inexperienced flag circumstances.

Stroll was in a position to go each Alfa Romeo automobiles, however was unable to maintain tempo with eventual winner Gasly or second-placed Sainz forward, leaving him to accept third place.

“It has been a couple of years since I stood on the podium, so it feels good to be back, and it was such a crazy race,” Stroll stated after his first podium end for the reason that 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

“I am so happy for Pierre, he really deserved it as he had a really great start. He stayed consistent all the way throughout the race.

“It is a bit of a bummer. I think it was kind of mine to lose starting from second, but I just had no grip at the start.

“I had a ton of wheel spin and everyone flew by me. I had a good scrap with Carlos on the first couple of laps, and I overtook around the outside, but he got me again down into Turn 1.

“We were battling out there, so I am happy to pick up third. I think the win slipped away from us today, but third is great.”

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Stroll stated it was “bizarre” to take the grid restart midway via the race below the purple flag laws.

“You’ve got to restart, and you are not used to that intermission halfway through a race,” Stroll stated. “But it’s nice to complete third.”

The result marked Racing Point’s first podium finish in F1 since taking over the former Force India operation, whose last rostrum came at the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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