An early incident between Alfa Romeo team-mates Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi brought out a Safety Car from the end of lap one to lap six, preventing any overtaking but moving Lance up into P16 after Räikkönen’s retirement.
Once racing got underway, Lance was able to make up positions and, by lap 28 of 66, he had moved up into P7 after taking advantage of other drivers pitting.
On lap 39, Lance opted to pit and change from the Soft Pirelli tyres to the Medium compound tyres.
Lance was able to use the offset of his Medium tyre to good effect early on and team-mate Sebastian Vettel allowed him past into P13 in a bid to close on the Top 10 and points.
He was unable to make significant inroads and Lance sportingly gave Vettel the position back on the final lap, finishing in P14.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“It was not our best day, but I think we were a bit stronger in race conditions than we were yesterday. Ultimately, a challenging Saturday meant that we were on the back foot today. The car felt better balanced in the race though, and we made up several places in the first half, but we just lacked that little bit more to make it into the points. If we had had a slightly better qualifying, points could have been possible. However, we will not dwell on today too much, but we will learn what we can and make improvements ahead of next weekend. We will arrive in Barcelona in a stronger position.”
Lance will be back on track on Friday May 7 at 10:30 AM BST for FP1 in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Spanish Grand Prix
May 9, 2021
Lance narrowly missed out on points after a near race-long battle for P10 in Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix.