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Aston Martin

Stroll was ‘shitting his pants’ during tense British GP

Lance Stroll bagged a strong seventh place for Aston Martin at the British Grand Prix - beating Fernando Alonso home for the team.

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Lance Stroll has described the moment that left him "shitting my pants" during the British Grand Prix.

The Canadian performed well during the Silverstone event, out-qualifying team-mate Fernando Alonso once again, and then out-racing the two-time world champion to lead home an Aston Martin seven-eight result.

It was just the fourth time all season Aston Martin had scored points with both cars, with the cooler temperatures of the wet weekend aiding the performance of the AMR24.

Rain fell half-way through the race before quickly drying, although Haas racer Nico Hulkenberg, who finished less than a second clear of Stroll branded the conditions as "lethal", with Stroll agreeing. 

"I was not confident, I was shitting my pants," Stroll told media including RacingNews365 when asked about how it was to negotiate the dry-wet-dry conditions.

"When it starts raining at such a high-speed track like this, the mixed conditions are so tough because you've got to really keep your foot in it, believe and commit to the corners.

"But with a bit of rain on the visor, wet patches creeping in, it is just so easy to lose the car and hit the barrier.

"It was definitely one of the more intense races, it was a bit like Canada earlier in the year.

"I wanted a little bit more but still it was a good race and so much could have gone wrong in the mixed conditions.

"It was just so hard to keep the car on track in the first place, so to be honest, I'm happy to pick up the points."

Alonso's gamble doesn't work

After a poor run of form with its car, Aston Martin has got both cars into the points in the previous two wet races - Canada and Britain - giving rise to the theory that the car performs better in the cooler conditions. 

Alonso, who finished seven seconds behind Stroll felt the team had made good understanding of the problems affecting the car.

"It has been better, after Austria we regrouped a little bit and we understood a couple of directions that maybe were not right," Alonso added to Stroll, who also felt the AMR24 had taken a step forward.

"I'm happy to be back in the points, I felt more competitive and it was a gamble on some of the tyre changes. 

"I waited too long to put on the inters and the track was dry so you would damage the inters in that first couple of laps, so I didn't want to do that in case of heavy rain to have a better tyre.

"It didn't rain so my bet was not working, but you need a little bit of luck in those calls."

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