Stroll survives the storm to claim Turkish pole position

Rain-ridden session is mastered by the Canadian in the Racing Point

By Toby Lock
Saturday, 14th November 2020, 2:10 pm
Updated Saturday, 14th November 2020, 2:14 pm
Lance Stroll celebrates his pole position
Lance Stroll celebrates his pole position

Lance Stroll stunned the field by claiming his very first pole position for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.

The Canadian made the best of the trecherous conditions to set the fastest lap of the session at the very end in the Silverstone-based Racing Point, beating Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen and team-mate Sergio Perez - both of whom had eyes for the top spot.

The sessions was ravaged by rain, with Q1 red flagged midway through as cars aquaplaned off the circuit. But as the weather began to settle, times gradually dropped. Heading into the final session, most opted for full wets but Perez's first time on intermediates promoted the whole field to change, and Stroll was able to capitalise.

Stroll said: "I can't put it into words. I'm shocked! I didn't expect us to be up here. We didn't look competitive in FP3, but I put that lap together, and only had one lap to get it done. I had the confiednce in the car, and I nailed every corner. It's such a great way to bounce back after a rough ride since Mugello. It feels really good."

Verstappen said: "We had no grip on the inters, it was better in Q3. The extreme wets were more comfortable for us. It wasn't a good call to change.

"At the moment, I'm disappointed. We can do well in the race tomorrow, but when you're first all the way through and end up second, it's not what you want."

Perez added: "It's a great result fo tr hte team, and one we weren't expecting. In my last lap, I had Giovinazzi in the way and he didn't move. Inters was the right call for the sessions. We are in a great position, I think P3 is better than P2 heading into the first corner."

Alex Albon put the second Red Bull on the second row in fourth spot, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in the Renault.

Lewis Hamilton could wrap up the championship tomorrow and will start sixth, ahead of Esteban Ocon, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas and Antonio Giovinazzi.