It was a perfect day for Racing Point as they secured first and third position in qualifying to set themselves perfectly for the Turkish Grand Prix.
Racing Point’s tyre strategy worked out marvellously as they claimed near-perfect finishes on the qualifying day on Saturday. Stroll was, in particular, buzzing about his pole position. After the result, he told the reporters, “Today was incredible and one of the best moments of my Formula 1 career. When I was told over the radio that I had taken pole position, I was thinking: ‘pinch me, I’m dreaming!’.
I dreamt of days like this: Stroll
I’m still a little lost for words: I’ve dreamt of days like these and it’s a special moment. The conditions out there were incredibly slippery and it was very tricky to drive. But my confidence in the car was just building throughout qualifying and I was piecing it all together.”
The 22-year-old Canadian further said, “Precision, concentration and finding the flow is absolutely key in the wet. It can always be unpredictable from corner to corner on the track. When the car is feeling this good and the tyres are switched on, it’s like a dance and I love driving in those situations.
The session showed that it was so important to be on the right tyre at the right time. We definitely made the correct call by being on intermediate tyres at the end. It worked out perfectly.”
The 22-year-old then said that it’s a great opportunity for the team, which is owned by his father, to score some vital points. “We know it’s going to be tough with Max close by and the Mercedes will probably make progress. But we have both cars in great positions and we can aim to score important points for the team to make it a really special weekend. I’d never been to Istanbul before this weekend, but I definitely love it now!”