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Lance Stroll

Aston Martin demand Stroll 'respect' after garage shove backlash

Lance Stroll caught the attention of viewers during Friday's Qualifying session when he pushed a colleague after being knocked out in Q1.

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Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack has played down the significance of Lance Stroll's shove on a colleague during the Qatar Grand Prix weekend.

Stroll was left frustrated after failing to advance past Q1 during Friday's qualifying session in Qatar - his fourth Q1 exit in a row.

The Canadian driver threw his steering wheel out of the car in frustration before walking towards the back of the garage with performance coach Henry Howe.

Stroll then appeared to push Howe, with reports stating that his trainer was trying to direct him out to the front of the garage to be weighed, as is compulsory for the drivers after the session.

The Canadian referred to the matter during the weekend and asserted that there is no bad blood lingering between the duo.

Krack's defence

Speaking to media including RacingNews365.com, Krack has argued that moments of frustration are commonplace throughout sport.

“The thing is, you accumulate [when] delivering below your own expectations and then frustration comes out at one point," said Krack.

“I said [on Saturday], you take a football player that is taken off the pitch - he doesn't want to high five to the manager or he throws the jersey or he throws the water bottles, we have seen that quite a lot.

“And to be honest, I always try to delay this as much as possible to just try and get rid of the adrenaline.

“But I’m sure we run maybe 10 to 20 times less adrenaline on the pit wall than the drivers do but you put the microphone straight away in front of them or you gauge every reaction that they do.

“So I think emotions are what we want from sportsmen. If they react we judge them quickly - is this right? Is this wrong? I think we need to be careful with that.

“We want to see it because then we'll have something to talk about. When it goes one step too far, then people like to sit down on the sofa or in an air conditioning room and say ‘this is too much’ or ‘you cannot do that’.

“I think we need to have a bit more respect for the drivers and high elite sportsmen I would say.”

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