Piastri Responds To Stroll's Excuses: 'Everyone Else Didn't Crash'

Monday, 22 April 2024 at 14:00
Updated at Monday, 22 April 2024 at 14:39
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Oscar Piastri, who also suffered injuries in Lance Stroll's crash with Daniel Ricciardo, shared his perspective on the incident that took place on lap 26.
Racing Bulls F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo had to retire his car after a collision with Lance Stroll on lap 26. The race was about to restart as cars bunched up into turn number 14.
All of a sudden, there was heavy braking, which Lance Stroll didn't anticipate, and he ran into the back of Ricciardo's car at a very high speed.
This impact not only completely destroyed the Honey Badger's race but also made Oscar Piastri's race much worse. Piastri was right ahead of Ricciardo when Stroll ran into him.
This pushed the 34-year-old's VCARB into fellow Australian's McLaren, causing significant damage to his diffuser. Stroll refused to take the blame for the incident after the race.
From the 25-year-old's point of view, it was a chain reaction and not his fault. Ricciardo very much disagreed with his words, and Piastri also pointed out that no one else crashed, suggesting there was a lack of attention on Stroll's side. As reported by nine.com.au, he said:

"Everyone else didn't crash into each other. I think in that kind of corner with that type of curve, you always need to expect that."

Piastri's race pace then took a significant hit. According to the words of his team principal, the 23-year-old lost around 3-4 tenths per lap as a result of the damage. The McLaren driver added:

"I don't know how much time it was worth but looking at the back of the car after the race, it was pretty destroyed," he said of the impact the crash had on his race."

"I think in the first part of the race it was looking OK — lacking a little bit of pace but not too bad — but then after the restart it was just very much literal damage limitation. I think it explains quite a lot of the deficit."