Post by Bruce Hoult Post by John
Why did so many teams try slick tires, some even mediums? Even if they were faster the penalty for getting even slightly off the drying line was so huge that it didn't make any sense.
Right up until it's the correct time and Stroll puts on slicks and goes from last place to first place in two laps.
He didn't keep it but he ended up 4th which is pretty good reward.
To be precise:
- Stroll pitted for softs while the leaders were on lap 45 then charged around the track catching up to the pack with new, hot, tyres.
- as Verstappen took the restart, still on the end of lap 45, Stroll was 10.77 seconds off the lead, in 15th place.
- as Verstappen crossed the line to start lap 46, Stroll was in 15th place, 8.57 seconds off the lead.
- as Verstappen started lap 47 Stroll was in 12th place, 16.7 seconds off the lead.
- as Hamilton pitted from the lead (followed in by RAI, VET, and GIO) at the end of lap 47, Stroll was in 5th place, 8.9 seconds off the lead, with previous leader Verstappen 0.6 seconds behind him.
- Stroll was the first to cross the start/finish line to start lap 48, in the lead. Verstappen quickly got past him, but Stroll officially led a lap.