WATCH: Lance Stroll Blames Low-Flying Helicopter for Aston Martin F1 Issues in Silverstone

Published 07/20/2021, 4:52 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll walks the circuit with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


The British Grand Prix managed to show a glimpse of how much downforce an F1 car produces while driving around a high-speed circuit. And who better to show it than Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll?

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During the race at Silverstone, the Canadian suffered a brief scare after driving under a low-flying circuit helicopter, meters away from turn 6 aka Brooklands.

What happened to Lance Stroll?

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Starting the race from P14, the Aston Martin driver produced the perfect getaway. Consequently, he was amidst an intense battle for points after climbing up the field and ending up in P8.

At one point in the race, Stroll unknowingly sped through the turbulent air produced by a helicopter above. This led to massive vibrations on the Mercedes-powered car, leaving Stroll with a lot of concerns in his head.

The Canadian instantly feared it had something to do with his tires and addressed the issue to his race engineer. However, for a brief moment, his com wasn’t working either, yet again fingers pointing at the helicopter.

Eventually, though, he received a positive response from his engineer. And that’s when Stroll realized that it had something to do with the helicopter.

Radio exchange between Stroll and his F1 race engineer

Following the massive vibrations, Stroll took to his team radio and said, “Check car.

His race engineer immediately responded, “tires are all good. Tires are all good.”

Stroll couldn’t hear what his race engineer said after noticing the helicopter in the air. The Canadian clarified, “think it might have been the helicopter that came really low. I can’t hear you.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Hence, his race engineer stressed again, “Tires are all good. Tires are good.

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That ultimately settled it for Stroll. “Then it’s the helicopter that came really low,” the Aston Martin driver said, closing out his brief radio conversation with the team.

Overall, it almost turned out to be a very disappointing weekend for Aston Martin at their home Grand Prix, when Sebastian Vettel found himself spinning off the track early in the race.

Thankfully, Lance Stroll rose to the occasion by seeing the checkered flag in P8, handing his team the much-needed four points. Hence, can the Aston Martin duo manage to deliver a double-points finish at the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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