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Lance Stroll ‘in discussion’ with FIA following Qatar Grand Prix

Following the most recent F1 round, Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll is “in discussion” with the FIA Compliance Officer for “several incidents” from the Qatar Grand Prix weekend

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To top off an F1 weekend to forget for Lance Stroll, he must now face the FIA Compliance Officer over “several incidents” that occurred in Qatar. 

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Lance Stroll failed to score points in either race at the Qatar Grand Prix, extending his pointless run to five F1 weekends. (Image Credit: @AstonMartinF1 on X)

The full statement provided by the FIA reads:

“The FIA Compliance Officer is in discussion with Lance Stroll in relation to several incidents that may have contravened FIA rules, policies and procedures during the Qatar Grand Prix.”

It doesn’t specify which incidents the statement is referring to, but it is believed to be with regards to an altercation Stroll had with his performance coach, Henry Howe, during qualifying and his subsequent trip to the media pen, which produced a terse and awkward interview from Stroll.

The one-time F1 pole-sitter only muttered a few words across a small number of questions before promptly walking off, thus showcasing his frustration with the run of form he currently finds himself in.

Bad weekend from start to finish

The Aston Martin driver suffered yet another early exit during Friday night’s qualifying session, marking the fifth time he’s failed to make it out of Q1 this season and the fourth time in a row.

Stroll has managed to reach Q3 on just seven occasions, whilst teammate Fernando Alonso had a 100% Q3 record over the first 17 rounds of the year.

Following the session in Qatar, Howe caught the ire of the Canadian, with TV cameras capturing footage of Stroll aggressively shoving Howe as he tried to direct the driver to the pit lane to go and get weighted – it is mandated that drivers must walk to the weigh bridge via the pit lane and not through the paddock.

Stroll’s actions were widely condemned, and he was forced to address his relationship with Howe at a later point in the weekend.

“We’re good. He’s a bro,” the 24-year-old began.

“We go through the frustrations together and we ride together, so we’re cool. I’m not looking at social media. I’m in the car driving this weekend.”

Despite seemingly drawing a line under the incident, things didn’t improve for Stroll.

After failing to reach Q2 during the sprint shootout, he was the last of all finishers during the sprint itself. Although he was able to work his way through the field during the grand prix, he could only achieve P11 after a penalty, thus leaving the weekend empty-handed.

Like many drivers, Stroll suffered heavily during the race. He reported afterwards that he was starting to “pass out” at points and that his vision was becoming “blurry” towards the end of the race.

He was seen stumbling towards a medical vehicle upon the race’s conclusion, having struggled whilst pulling himself from his car.

Touch and go for P4

Aston Martin now hold only a marginal lead of 11 points over McLaren in the fight for P4 in the constructors’ championship.

The team began the season with arguably the second-strongest car, but Stroll’s poor form has largely left Fernando Alonso to fight the teams around them on his own.

The pressure has been mounting on Stroll for some time, with many believing he isn’t doing enough to warrant his seat in F1.

Regardless of the outcome of the FIA compliance officer, the weekend in Qatar has done nothing to disavow the dissenters of the notion that Stroll has outstayed his welcome in the team owned by his father.

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