Lance Stroll has revealed how he struggled physically in his recovery after contracting Covid-19 during the 2020 season, forcing him to sit out the Eifel Grand Prix.
The Canadian was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg after feeling unwell during the race weekend, and tested positive for the virus after a routine test after the race had concluded. He was able to return to the Portuguese Grand Prix after another test gave a negative result and he had seemingly recovered.
However, Stroll seemed to struggle on is return to the grid as the aftermath of the virus took it’s toll on him physically and he states he “underestimated” the effect it would have on him.
“COVID put me out of the German Grand Prix and it probably affected me quite a bit for the following two grands prix,” said Stroll, speaking at the Aston Martin car launch earlier this week. “Just no energy, physically, and not in the best place mentally. I think I underestimated how much of a toll the virus would take on me, and I did struggle physically in those races.”
He took a surprising maiden pole position at the Turkish Grand Prix in very wet conditions, suggesting that his form had returned, but rivals McLaren were still able to finish ahead of the then Racing Point team by seven points by the end of the season. It all but confirmed that Stroll’s poor form after recovering from the virus had cost the team crucial points.
“After that rough patch I was back on form in Turkey, so I started to get my form back,” he continued. “But we lost of a lot of world championship points, there’s definitely a lot of things to learn from that experience. On a positive note, we did finish off the season much stronger, but I think the competition was much stronger towards the end of the year,”
“Not the same as the beginning of the season where we were often cruising fourth and fifth with both cars, sometimes even better than that. The game changed, the competition between the teams, and I think it’s going to be a very competitive midfield once again. We have to get our head down and do the job.”
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