Stroll: Alternate 'roll of the dice' strategies necessary for Racing Point

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Lance Stroll says Racing Point's approach of spreading its bets between its two cars on race day in terms of tyre strategies offers the team a better chance of scoring points.

On the eve of its second home race of the season, after Canada, the Silverstone-based outfit currently sits seventh in the Constructors standings, having achieved but a single top-ten finish in the last five races.

To maximise it chances of scoring points on Sunday, Racing Point has often relied on putting its drivers on alternate tyre strategies, an option which Stroll sees as necessary even though results have fallen short of expectations lately.

"We always try to do one car on one strategy and another car on another strategy, otherwise you diminish your chances of scoring points," the Canadian explained.

"It's always down to the roll of the dice on a Sunday.

"In Canada, I think it worked, and even in Paul Ricard, we didn't score points but it was still a good strategy.

"It always depends on a number of factors, and you can't always do it, but when there are two or three stops and chances of tyre degradation, you can mix it up."


Since his arrival in F1 in 2017, Stroll has built himself a reputation of being specialized in blindingly fast starts off the line and outstanding first laps.

The 20-year-old admits however that there's no specific process or recipe to gaining positions on an opening lap of a race.

"Every start is unique and you cannot predict what is coming to happen," he said;

"There is an element of risk like understanding where to position the car on the opening lap or where to overtake or take risks without too much consequence.

"We've definitely been good at picking up places on the opening lap and it's something we got to keep on doing.

"In modern-day F1 it can be such a track position race after lap one that it's extremely important to position your car and get a good launch off the line for the first lap."

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