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Featured Bottas Tops Times as Stroll Struggles

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Bethonie Waring, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. Bethonie Waring

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    stroll grips car.jpg Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped the timings on the third day of testing, whilst multiple drivers brought out red flags throughout the day.

    Bottas managed to set the fastest lap we’ve seen so far this year, a 1:19.705 on ultrasoft tyres, but the lap time was only a tenth faster than what he’d managed on supersoft tyres on the previous run.

    Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ended the day second fastest and 0.25s off Bottas’ time, but he managed to set the time on soft tyres. Throughout the day, the Ferrari seemed more steady than the Mercedes, whether it was driven by Bottas of teammate Lewis Hamilton.

    Lots of other drivers weren’t looking too steady. Renault’s Jolyon Palmer brought the session to a halt early in the day when he ran into the gravel on an out lap, and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz brought out the red flag later in the day when he stopped at turn four.

    But the driver that spent the most time walking away from his abandoned car today was Williams’ Lance Stroll. After crashing yesterday, the rookie was put in the car for a second consecutive day, but it was another difficult day for the teenager.

    Just after the chequered flag was brought out for lunch, Stroll parked his car in the gravel. Later in the day, the Canadian hit the tyre barrier after he lost the rear of the car at the exit of turn five.

    Whilst it’s easy to say Stroll may have made the jump up to F1 a little too early, it would be surprising if a rookie didn’t make these mistakes in his first test, especially with the big jump between what he’s been testing in the private tests and what he’s behind the wheel of now.

    It seems like Stroll is reacting to every twitch or judder of the car, and is yet to learn when he needs to correct a mistake, and when the car will sort itself out.

    One team that didn’t have any problems today was McLaren. After two frustrating days, the team managed to get through their test programme without any apparent issues. Fernando Alonso was still pretty low down on the timing screens, but he managed to complete more than 70 laps.

    For more thoughts on Formula One and the latest news, head to the Formula One sub forum here at RaceDepartment.

    Do you think this is a sign Stroll has made the leap too early, or will he be a strong driver this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
     
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  2. Tume

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    So, not just an average stroll in the park then?
     
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  3. paracletus

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    These cars will probably be a shock to most of the drivers on the long runs; only LH, FA and FM have driven anything like this in the past.
    Full-race distance will be a challenge for most. As good as MV is for example, it will probably take time to get accustomed to the much higher forces over 2-hour race.
     
  4. Tume

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    You forgot Vettel, Kimi.
     
  5. Blimey

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    Giving Stroll a seat in F1 is a death sentence.
     
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  6. Tume

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    Maybe we're wrong, Verstappen wasn't exactly the cleanest in the start either...but let's see. It's always a risk for sure.
     
  7. Mark Aalberts

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    :rolleyes: And these are 2 crashes that are vivid to my mind, he had more of this sort of incidents. Will be interesting to watch, but looking at this it seems to me that he need all his brainpower to keep the car on track and in that process sometimes loses track of what is going on around him.:D He had more of this sort of incidents. Another one that crosses my mind is when he tried to run Verstappen into the wall in Homestead when drag racing to the finish line alongside each other, that was pretty crazy to.

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  9. Wedge

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    stroll is struggling
     
  10. Bethonie Waring

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    I was tempted to put "Did Lance try to run before he could stroll"
     
  11. Kevin Pheiffer

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    Ferrari are on course......mark my words.
     
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  12. Boby Kim

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    A dearh sentence...that is something isn't it Blimey?:O_o:
     
  13. Blimey

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    We all saw what happened to Jules, don't want that to happen again.
     
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  14. Brian McManus

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    the kid isn't ready for f1 yet, they need a more experienced driver.
    pascal wehrlein would of been the perfect driver to bring on, even maybe feilpe nasr.
     
  15. TheCed

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    Strolldonado.
     
  16. Mr Latte

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    Marked in Red & Underlined For Good Measure
    I fear Mercedes are sandbagging but do hope for more of a challenge going to Mercedes this year.
     
  17. Kevin Pheiffer

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    And what makes you think Ferrari aren't sandbagging as well guys? LOL