By the end of the opening lap, the Canadian driver was steadily racing in behind his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel.
From there, Lance found himself in a battle with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly. The pair banged wheels at Turn One on lap nine.
On lap 13, Gasly then pushed Lance wide at Turn Four, ultimately demoting Lance to 16. Gasly was subsequently given a five-second time penalty for his actions.
Lance opted to pit on lap 17, returning to the track on theSoft compound at the back of the field. From here on, it was a slow and steady climb up the order, as the remainder of the grid took their pitstops.
By lap 40, Lance had once again climbed to 15th, ahead of Vettel. Two laps later however, he took his second and final pitstop of the race for a fresher set of Softs, returning in 1
An incident on lap 52 between Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo promoted Lance to 1, while engine issues on lap 65 for Alpine’s Fernando Alonso forced the Spaniard to stop on track, triggering a Virtual Safety Car and pushing Lance up to 1, where he remained for the last few laps of the race.
By the time the chequered flag came down on lap 71, Lance finished behind his teammate and ahead of Haas’ Mick Schumacher, with a best lap time of 1:22.463.
Lance will return to the track for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
The start was great; it was definitely the highlight of the race. On the move with Pierre [Gasly], he braked late, passed me but did not give me any room. However, it would not have really changed our day if that had not happened. There were fun moments out there passing other cars, but we struggled a lot with our pace and the tyres. We will try to understand this dip in performance and see how we can make progress to maximise the final two races of the season.
February 12, 2024
The AMR24 broke cover as Aston Martin Aramco Formula One Team™ and Lance continue preparations for the upcoming season.