Due to a series of penalties for drivers ahead, Lance began the 53-lap race from 12th place, lining up on the Medium Pirellis.
When the lights went out, Lance was able to get the jump on fellow Canadian Nicholas Latifi to move into 11th before getting past teammate Sebastian Vettel to get into the top 10.
As Carlos Sainz Jr. made his way through the field, he quickly passed Lance, dropping him down to 11th place.
A Virtual Safety car for Vettel on lap 12 halted Lance’s progress on Zhou Guanyu ahead and the Canadian found himself defending against a train of drivers.
Lance managed to hold off the stream behind him before pitting on lap 18, switching onto the Hard compound to re-joining in 18th as he set about chasing down Esteban Ocon.
By lap 39, Lance had made up a further two places but was called to retire the car by the team as a precaution to save the engine.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“We had some issues with the car, so we decided to retire to look after the engine. It is a shame that we were not able to be more in the mix this weekend, but that is sometimes how it is in F1. We have to look at why it was so tricky for us on this track, and see what we can learn from that. I think we will be more competitive in Singapore, which is a completely different circuit to here, in a couple of weekends.”
February 12, 2024
The AMR24 broke cover as Aston Martin Aramco Formula One Team™ and Lance continue preparations for the upcoming season.