Under the bright lights of the Bahrain International Circuits, Lance lined up in 19th on the grid.
As the lights went out, Lance made a great start, making up three positions on the opening laps.
By lap 11 of the 57 lap race, Lance was in hot pursuit of Mick Schumacher for 15th, catching the German driver and seizing the place.
The Canadian continued to make progress before pitting on lap 18 to switch onto a new set of Soft tyres, re-emerging in 18th.
Continuing his push forward, Lance benefitted from events elsewhere.
A fire caused by the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly on lap 46 brought out the Safety Car and Lance dived into the pits for a final change onto the Softs.
On lap 51, the track was clear, and racing resumed with Lance wasting little time in sweeping past the Williams of Alex Albon for 14th.
A late double retirement for Red Bull promoted Lance into 12th,, narrowly missing out on the points.
Lance Stroll – Aston Marin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“It is a shame we were not able to fight for points today, but we will benefit from completing our first race and understanding more about these new regulations. It is early days and there is lots to learn about how we can extract more performance in time for the race in Saudi Arabia next weekend. My initial impression is that it could be an exciting season of racing because it appears that you can follow cars more closely and today I had some great battles with [Alex] Albon and [Mick] Schumacher. It was challenging to keep temperatures cool and manage these new tyres, too, but we now have some useful data to work with over the next few days.”
Formula One will return for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Friday, March 25 from 2pm GMT for FP1.
Bahrain Grand Prix
March 8, 2023
I want to take a moment today to reflect on the last couple weeks, and share my story with you guys.