With a free choice of tyres for starting outside of the top 10, Lance and his team opted to begin the race from P12 on the Soft tyres..
As the lights went out, Lance began his pursuit of George Russell in P11, and the Canadian was consistently quicker than the Williams driver, though unable to find a way past.
Lance pitted on lap 27 of 72, switching from the Soft tyres to a set of new Hard tyres before re-joining in P16.
By lap 35, Lance had moved into P14 after overtaking the Alfa Romeo of Robert Kubica down the start/finish straight and into the Tarzan hairpin.
He continued his pursuit of Russell and P12 for the remainder of the race.
A late retirement for Russell promoted him into P12, where he ended the race.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“We can see from the race just how important qualifying is and unfortunately we were compromised yesterday, so we had it all to do today. I made an OK start off the line, but I was not able to make up any places. After that, I could only really follow George [Russell] for the majority of the race in a train of cars. Without a significant tyre delta, it is almost impossible to overtake here. We will look into the strategy to see what else we could have done, but I do not think we could have done a lot differently. Zandvoort is a great track to drive and it is definitely more of a Saturday circuit. I am happy to see it on the calendar, but perhaps there are ways to look into improving overtaking on a Sunday. For now, we will reset and focus on Monza.”
F1 moves on to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix with FP1 getting underway at 1:30PM BST on Friday September 10.
Italian Grand Prix
September 12, 2021
Lance claimed P7 and six points at the Italian Grand Prix as Formula One’s second triple-header draws to a close.