Lance made good use of FP3’s dry track time, taking to the track on the Medium Pirelli tyres for an installation lap before switching to focus on Soft tyre running.
The Canadian set a benchmark lap time of 1.48.959 before improving to 1.47.034 and into seventh position.
A brief red flag late in the session sent all cars back to the pits after Charles Leclerc clipped the barrier but was able to continue back to the box.
In the final moments of the session, Lance set his best time of 1.46.975 to end the final practice in 13th position ahead of Qualifying.
In Q1, Lance set about securing his place Q2, delivering a 1.46.719 time to place him into seventh but he was knocked down the timings.
Lance continued to improve, putting in a 1.46.256 to clinch a spot into Q2 in 14th place.
Beginning Q2 on a set of used Soft tyres, Lance put in a 1.417.111 before changing onto a fresh set of Softs to put in his best time on 1.46.611 and end qualifying in 14th.
Due to engine penalties, Lance will start the Belgian Grand Prix from ninth.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“It was tricky out there today. There was a general lack of grip, but we need to look at why we lost time as qualifying progressed. We had hoped to be better than 14th. However, we normally race better than we qualify, and we will gain a few extra positions due to the grid penalties given to some of the cars in front of us, so I am confident that we are in a solid position to score some points tomorrow.”
Bahrain Grand Prix
March 8, 2023
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