Lining up for the race in 14th place on the Soft Pirelli tyres, Lance maintained position in the early stages of the race before gaining a position due to damage on the Haas of Kevin Magnussen.
On lap 14 of the 70-lap race, Lance pitted for the Medium tyres to re-emerge in 18th position.
Lance utilised the fresh rubber to pass the Williams of Alex Albon before catching the pair of Alpines, sweeping past the duo for 15th place.
As the rest of the field pitted, Lance progressed into eighth position and closed in on Daniel Ricciardo ahead.
The Canadian pitted for the second time on lap 46 to re-join in 13th and back to his battle with Ricciardo.
Contact between the duo at Turn Two sent Lance spinning off the circuit and landed Ricciardo with a five-second penalty.
Lance was able to re-join and quickly gained on Zhou Guanyu and Ricciardo, moving into 11th place to begin his charge to catch Valtteri Bottas.
On lap 63, Lance caught Bottas to take 10th and move into the final point-scoring place, but suffered with tyre performance, switching positions in the final stages of the race with teammate Sebastian Vettel to end the day in 11th place.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team driver:
“I think I drove a strong race today. Into the final stint, Sebastian was on the Medium and I was on the Soft – I did not have another Medium left, and he could make that tyre last a little bit longer. The Soft was the wrong tyre in the circumstances, sadly, but these things happen in racing. I had fun racing into the top 10. When I came up to pass Daniel [Ricciardo], I gave him room on the inside at Turn Two, but I think he was struggling for grip on the Hard tyre and went a bit too deep. That is how it goes sometimes. We seem to have better pace on Sundays than we do on Saturdays, so we need to look at that. But there are plenty of positives to take away from today.”
February 12, 2024
The AMR24 broke cover as Aston Martin Aramco Formula One Team™ and Lance continue preparations for the upcoming season.