Lance Stroll ended his Spanish Grand Prix in the gravel, having made contact with the McLaren of Lando Norris. But finishing the race in Barcelona didn’t appear to make his team mate Sergio Perez any happier, as the Mexican struggled to a lowly 15th place – leaving him looking forward to this week’s test sessions at the same circuit to provide some answers for his team’s dramatic pace deficit.
The weekend wasn’t auguring well for Racing Point when the team locked out the eighth row of the grid in qualifying, with just the Williams pair and the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi behind them – and with Stroll having failed to make it out of the first segment of qualifying for the ninth Grand Prix in a row, having crashed his RP19 in Free Practice 1.
Their pace didn’t improve come race day either, Stroll’s fastest lap of the Grand Prix slower than both of the Williams’, while Perez lost out in the final third of the race to both Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen as he eventually fell to 15th. And despite admitting on Saturday that Barcelona had “never been our best circuit over the years, so I'm not too concerned”, Perez was still hungry to get to the bottom of Racing Point’s pace issues over the coming weeks.