The Canadians missed the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring due to illness and were replaced by a team, which Nico Hulkenberg called the racing point.
The walk later revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19, but after a negative test he was able to return to the cockpit for the Portuguese Grand Prix.
He struggled to return to the cockpit of the Algarve circuit, retired in a collision with Lando Norris, and defeated a mechanic on his way to 13th place in the next Imola race.
At the launch of the Aston Martin AMR21, Stroll revealed that the aftereffects of the virus were still damaging his physical and mental health in the next race.
“COVID removed me from the German Grand Prix, and it probably had a significant impact on me for the next two Grand Prix,” said Walk.
“I don’t have the energy and it’s not the best place physically and mentally. I think I underestimated the amount of sacrifice the virus would cost me. And I struggled physically in those races. “
The walk regained shape in Turkey by taking a stunning maiden pole in the rain, but his mid-season shape drop put him and his team in third place in the Constructors’ Championship racing points. He said he sacrificed valuable points in the battle with McLaren. 7 points.
“After that rough patch, I went back to foam in Turkey and started getting it back,” he said.
Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP20 pulls into the garage to retire from the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix
Photo: Glenn Dunbar, Motorsport image
“But we lost a lot of World Championship points. There is definitely a lot to learn from that experience.
“Fortunately, the end of the season was much stronger, but I think the competition was much stronger towards the end of the year.
“It wasn’t the same as at the beginning of the season when we often cruised the 4th and 5th on both cars, and sometimes it was better.
“I think the game will change, the competition between teams will be fierce, and it will be a very competitive midfield again. You have to bow down and work.”
Former Stroll teammates Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton were also forced to race in 2020 after being tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc and Pierre Guthrie have also been positive during the off-season.
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