In FP1, Lance began the session on the Medium compound Pirelli tyres, opting to capitalise on the track and weather conditions ahead of the remainder of the weekend.
On his first run, Lance was able to put in a 1.39.766 lap time to place himself into P7 before being falling toP13.
Lance completed nine laps on the Medium tyres before opting to change to the Soft compound.
The Canadian was able to improve on his previous personal best lap time putting in a 1:36.522 run to placeP12 at the end of the morning session.
In FP2, Lance opted to run the Hard compound tyres at the start of the session and placed P7 after his first run.
By the half-way mark, Lance switched to the Soft tyres but a subsequent red flag for Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi halted all running as the field returned to the pitlane.
The Canadian completed21 laps of the Sochi Autodrom and ended FP2 in P15 with a 1:35.334 lap time.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“It is good to be back on track. We have learned quite a bit today and I think there is more to come from me and the car. The forecast is suggesting that rain is going to be a factor tomorrow, which could change the course of the weekend. Obviously, it is a very different experience to drive in the wet and we have never experienced those sorts of conditions in Sochi before. That would be an exciting challenge and we will be prepared for the possibility tomorrow. We will go away and review what we have learned today and then see what the weather has in store for FP3 and qualifying.”
FP3 for the Russian Grand Prix will take place on Saturday September 25 from 10am BST.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
November 20, 2022
A challenging weekend cumulated in a points finish for Lance Stroll as strategy played in his favour in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.