Lance Stroll had a stressful afternoon at the French Grand Prix on Sunday, as evidenced by his reply when asked to watch his shifts during the race.
The drivers were being faced with temperatures of over 30 Degrees Celsius at the Circuit Paul Ricard this weekend, meaning that looking after the tyres, the engine and the gearbox was paramount.
Stroll made his way up from 15th to 10th in the race having initially been knocked out in Q1 during qualifying, but was bumped up because of penalties for Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen.
The 23-year-old was running ahead of the Williams of Alex Albon, and had looked in contention to challenge Daniel Ricciardo for eighth place as the Australian was defending from the 25-year-old, but he was perhaps pushing too hard to cling onto the back of the battle for his team’s liking.
“We need to be careful with the shifts,” said his engineer.
“Yes, yes, yes, leave me alone,” was the irritated Canadian’s response.
Ocon would eventually clear Ricciardo, and the McLaren driver began to fall back into the clutches of Stroll behind in 10th.
The second Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel, who had started 12th but fell back slightly in the opening stages, was also encroaching on the battle, and it looked as though we were about to be treated to a fantastic battle for ninth.
Eventually though, Stroll fell away from the McLaren, leaving him vulnerable to his team-mate as they jostled for position.
It led to some great action on the final tour, as Sergio Perez was also busy trying to get past George Russell for P3, before the 24-year-old held on.
Vettel had a go at his team-mate into Turn 11, and tried to cut back underneath on the exit of Turn 15, but the former Williams driver smartly parked his car on the exit and held on to claim his fourth points finish of the year in P10.