Stroll was running right outside the top 10 when he was called into the pits by the outfit, trading his set of hard tyres for fresh softs.

He rejoined the track in 14th and was only able to make up one place, getting past the of George Russell, before the chequered flag flew.

team boss explained that the outfit didn’t believe Stroll’s set of hard tyres would last to the end, after the team was forced to originally pit him earlier than expected on lap 13.

Szafnauer felt that Stroll’s teammate had been on course for a possible eighth-place finish, only to lose out after the safety car came out.

After the restart, Perez then had a problem with his brake balance control, which was stuck too far forward, and he slid into the back of , leading to a stop for a few nose and a new steering wheel that dropped him out of the points and an eventual 17th place.

Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP19, leaves the pits after a wing change

, RP19, leaves the pits after a wing change

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

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