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How Stroll's victory hopes were dashed in Turkey
For the opening 35 laps of the Turkish Grand Prix, Lance Stroll looked in control and on his way to his maiden Formula 1 victory. But after pitting for new intermediate tyres, the Canadian finished ninth and was left ruing the misguided strategy call
Had the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix played out differently, and had polesitter Lance Stroll defied his critics with a brilliant maiden F1 victory, this writer would have been marginally disappointed if Autosport magazine's headline had neglected to opt for "A Stroll in the Park". Unfortunately, we never got the chance to debate that.
Stroll, having claimed a first pole for a Canadian driver since Jacques Villeneuve at the 1997 European Grand Prix, led almost the entirety of the race's first two-thirds of run time.
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