A penalty for Fernando Alonso promoted Lance to 17th on the grid and after capitalising on incidents and mistakes ahead, the Canadian gained three positions in the opening corners of the race to move into 14th.
By lap 14 of 66, Lance continued to progress through the field and ran has high as seventh before pitting for a set of Used Softs to rejoin in 17th.
Contact with Pierre Gasly on lap 28 tipped Lance into a spin and forced back into the pits for a lengthy second stop as his car was checked for damage.
Fighting to regain lost ground, Lance overtook Kevin Magnussen to make his way into 15th where he ended the race.
“It was a difficult race, though it was largely ended by the contact with Pierre [Gasly] when I overtook him going through Turn One. We had to pit and check over the car, so that cost us up to 30 seconds. The positive is that the car did feel better than it did in qualifying, which is important considering we are running a new package. We need to go away and review the whole weekend, look at what we have learned, and then apply it for Monaco. I am very excited for the next race - it is such a special Grand Prix and I cannot wait to get started.”
Japanese Grand Prix
September 27, 2023
After making up several positions from his grid slot, Lance was forced to retire with a rear wing issue.