‘Ridiculous he didn’t get a penalty’ – Stroll furious with 'sloppy' Leclerc after Lap 1 clash
Lance Stroll's Russian Grand Prix lasted only three corners after he was nudged into a crash on the opening lap by Charles Lelcerc – and the Canadian said it was "ridiculous" the Ferrari driver was not handed a penalty for the incident.
Stroll started 12th and had climbed up several positions on a frantic first lap that also saw Carlos Sainz crash out at Turn 2, before he was tapped on his right rear by Leclerc as they went into Turn 4. The contact caused Stroll to spin and crash straight into the barriers.
The Racing Point driver was unhurt – but was certainly not happy with Leclerc's driving.
"Very sloppy from his part and I gave him all the room," he said. "I’m quite surprised that he didn’t get a penalty. I gave him plenty of room I did the whole corner on the outside and he just tagged my right rear.
"I gave him all the room I could and it was unlucky but he could have avoided it. He didn’t have to run so wide into me, so I think it’s kind of ridiculous that he didn’t get a penalty," he added.
Stroll's disappointment was exacerbated by the fact he thought a big haul of points could have been on the cards in Sochi.
"A lot was possible," he said. "We were seventh at that point, I had a great start, we were on a good tyre so it’s a real shame."
Having scored points in seven consecutive races heading into Tuscany, Stroll has now crashed out of two straight races.