Lining up from 10th position, Lance opted for the Soft Pirellis for the start of the Dutch Grand Prix.
Making full use of the Soft compound, Lance swept through into eighth place ahead of Esteban Ocon and Mick Schumacher.
On lap 16 of the 72-lap race, Lance took the first of his stops, switching to the Medium compound tyres to re-join into a battle with Lando Norris and the Alpine pair of Ocon and Fernando Alonso.
The Canadian made his way into eighth position before taking a further stop to change onto the more durable Hard tyres on lap 38.
A Virtual Safety car on lap 50 for Yuki Tsunoda allowed his nearest competitors to pit for fresher tyres, preventing Lance from being able to close the gap.
Shortly after the Virtual Safety car was removed, an on-track stoppage for Valtteri Bottas brought out a full Safety car and Lance dove into the pits for a set of Soft tyres.
Lance maintained his 10th, applying pressure to Ocon ahead of him and he tried to chase down the Frenchman but was unable to get past, ending the Dutch Grand Prix in the final point scoring position.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“Overall, it has been a positive weekend in terms of performance, but we were a little bit unlucky today with how things played out and how that affected our strategy. The timing of the Safety Car gave the Alpines and [Lando] Norris the advantage: without that we could have been fighting for seventh. Our pace was strong all weekend, I felt really confident in the car, and we were more competitive. That is really encouraging for the coming races. It has been a great push by the team back at the factory to make our car quicker, so hopefully this is the start of a strong run through to the end of the season.”
Bahrain Grand Prix
March 8, 2023
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