Stroll’s Mugello Crash May Force Perez To Run Old-Spec Car At Russian GP

The Russian Grand Prix will take place at Sochi in just under two weeks.

Racing Point brought a raft of upgrades to the inaugural Tuscan Grand Prix – estimated to be worth around a quarter of a second – but they only had a single set.

With Lance Stroll leading his team-mate in the F1 Drivers’ Standings and his father, Lawrence, heading up the consortium of investors who own the team, he was given priority and ran with the upgraded package at Mugello.

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Sergio Perez was poised to have the upgrades ready on his car for the next race at Sochi.

However, as Stroll totalled his RP20 at the Tuscan GP due to a puncture which propelled his car into the barriers, Perez may still not have the upgraded components on his car for the Russian GP.

“He [Stroll] did have the upgrade so now we’re going to have to do a lot of work to get enough parts together for both of them to have the upgrade in Russia,” team principal Otmar Szafnauer said, as quoted by the Reuters news agency.

Prior to the Tuscan Grand Prix, Perez said he was looking forward to running the upgraded package at the Russian GP.

The Mexican is currently serving his final season with Racing Point, with Sebastian Vettel replacing him for the 2021 Formula One season.

Perez is yet to lock down a seat in Formula One for next year.

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Haas, Alfa Romeo, Williams and even Red Bull are potential options for him.

It’s most likely he will end up at the Haas F1 team, as they could benefit from the financial backing he comes with and team principal Guenther Steiner has publicly said they are considering a completely new driver line-up for 2021.

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