The Canadian's latest performances Lance stroll have attracted much attention because the pilot of Racing Point had started the 2020 season of the F1 on a level similar to that of his seasoned teammate, the Mexican Sergio Pérez. That is why the team analyzes that the drop in performance could be caused by COVID-19 that affected him a few weeks ago and that prevented him from running in the Eiffel Grand Prix.
During this 2020, Stroll had a run of seven races adding good points. He even climbed to the top step of the podium at the Italian Grand Prix. But in the next four races, not counting his absence from the Nürburgring, he was left empty-handed.
Of those performances the two that followed him to the German test was where he showed his worst performance of the year. At Grand Prix of Portugal he started 12th but dropped out in the pits after several mistakes. While in the last Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna started 15th and arrived 13th ...
“I think the virus has knocked him out and we hadn't anticipated it. We have done research on how long it takes to recover from the virus and I think it is taking longer. It is obviously not where it used to be. From getting on the podium at Monza in September to the position he is in now… ”, said Andrew Green, the team's technical director.
“There is an evident lack of confidence that we are going to have to work on to try to bring his best version back. He needs to believe in himself and he will be the Lance we had for the first two thirds of the season again ”, added the technician.