Racing Point mechanic OK after being hit during Stroll pit stop at Imola
The Racing Point mechanic who was hit by Lance Stroll after the Canadian overshot his pit box in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is “bruised” but OK, say the team.
Stroll overcooked it when he pitted in the closing stages of the race at Imola and slid into the front jackman, knocking him to the ground.
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Racing Point said the medics checked the mechanic and he’s a bit “bruised”, it’s “nothing serious” and he’s back to work with the pack down.
Explaining what happened, Stroll said: “At the final pitstop, I had really cold brakes and that meant I overshot the pit box. I’m really glad to hear that my mechanic is OK – that’s the most important thing.”
It came at the end of a frustrating race for Stroll, whose hopes of a strong result were over once he had contact with Esteban Ocon.
“It was a really difficult day out there,” he added. “The contact with Esteban [Ocon] on the first lap really ruined my race and I had significant damage to the front wing. It's a shame because I was able to make up a couple of places at the start.
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“After the contact, we came in at the end of the first lap and switched to the hard tyre, but we knew that without a really disrupted race, it was going to be tough to make up many places because it’s so hard to overtake here.
“There’s not a lot of positives to take from today, so onwards and upwards now. I’ll work hard to turn the corner in Turkey.”