Lance Stroll under fire over 'dreadful' incident at US Grand Prix
Lance Stroll has walked away from a nasty crash involving himself and future F1 teammate Fernando Alonso as the F1 world reacted to the carnage at the United States GP.
The Aston Martin driver was defending against Alonso at the US GP, when he seemingly jinked his car slight to the left when Alonso pulled out from the slipstream at high speed.
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Upon impact the nose of Alonso's car was lifted high into the air before crashing back down onto the circuit - though miraculously, his Alpine was still in racing condition after a short pitstop for repairs.
The same could not be said for Stroll's Aston Martin, which lay destroyed on the Circuit of the Americas track.
Ridiculous from stroll, absolutely ridiculous
Worst thing I’ve seen since grosjean 2012pic.twitter.com/OEn2Qc2yGU
— theo (@cr_Neyrox) October 23, 2022
The lap 22 incident brought out the safety car to remove the wreckage of Stroll's machine, as well as a significant amount of debris from the circuit.
The field had already been bunched up, as the safety car had returned to the pits a lap earlier after Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas got beached in the gravel trap.
Fans were far from impressed with Stroll's driving, an infraction made all the more awkward with Alonso set to become his teammate next season.
Idiotic from Stroll. Utterly stupid.
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) October 23, 2022
Relieved both of them are OK but christ, Stroll cannot be doing that
— Henry Stockdale (@Terranauts93) October 23, 2022
That's a really horrible crash. The on-board from Alonso's car really frightening.
No idea what Stroll thought he was doing moving across like that. Dreadful stuff.
— Daniel Austin (@_Dan_Austin) October 23, 2022
Mansell and Senna drove an inch apart at 200mph and nobody “jinked”. Stroll can’t even compute his own safety, so it’s out of his hands and he needs benching.
— Mark Constable (@ElectricBowman) October 23, 2022
These late changes of direction on the Straight are going to kill someone… @fia time to sort this behaviour out once and for all. It has bled down to the junior formula too.
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) October 23, 2022
Fortunately for Alonso, the damage didn't seem too bad - ultimately making his way through to a seventh-place finish despite the heavy contact.
There would be ongoing ramifications for Stroll's error, with The Race's Scott Mitchell-Malm pointing out that the error cost Aston Martin a significant points haul.
"Stroll’s error is hugely costly for Aston Martin because the team was on course for a massive points haul that would have pushed it to sixth in the championship," he wrote during the race.
Max Verstappen wins US Grand Prix after thrilling battle with Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen crossed the line first, cementing the constructor's championship for Red Bull after securing the drivers' championship for himself last time out at the Japanese GP.
He was made to work hard for his victory though, having to fight Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton for the lead after a slow stop during the final round of pitstops.
Hopes were high for Mercedes as Hamilton showed blinding pace during the middle of the race, and put up a remarkable defence of the lead before the Dutch driver eased his way past with only a handful of laps left to run.
Meanwhile, a disastrous race for Aston Martin only got worse when a slow pitstop for Sebastian Vettel saw him drop from the lead of the race all the way back to 13th place.
Incredibly, the four-time world champion summoned his best, passing Haas driver Kevin Magnussen on the final lap to finish eighth.
It had been a difficult race for Ferrari, with the pole-sitter Carlos Sainz out of the race at the first corner after a tangle with Mercedes' George Russell.
His teammate Charles Leclerc had qualified second, but was forced to take a grid penalty for mechanical reasons.
It was another tough outing for Daniel Ricciardo, who never looked near the top 10 as he came home to finish in a lowly 16th place, while teammate Lando Norris finished in the top 10.
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