Lance began FP1 on the Hard Pirelli tyres, completing one run and placing himself 11th with a best lap of 1.41.350 before an early red flag halted all running.
Once the debris was removed, and the track was deemed clear, track action resumed.
Lance returned to the track on Soft tyres, putting in his best time of 1.34.814 to end the first practice in sixth.
As the sun set and conditions became more representative of race day, Lance started FP2 on the Medium tyres as he worked on car set-up.
Switching to the Soft tyres for the second half of the evening session, Lance changed focus to fast runs. Unfortunately, a lock-up at Turn 11 on his fastest lap prevented him from improving on a 1:33.958 and the Canadian ended the day in 16th.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“I think there is some real excitement in the paddock this weekend because it is the first race with these new regulations. It is very tough to tell where everyone stands and we will not truly find out until qualifying tomorrow. For us, today was about continuing to learn about the car. We had some solid days in pre-season testing, but there is always more to learn so every lap is valuable. I do not think our times today were representative: I ran wide at Turn 11 on my Soft tyre run, but I am happy with our overall progress. I am looking forward to fighting for the best possible grid position tomorrow. I also want to say that Nico did a good job today after a late call-up, it is not easy to jump back in after time away.”
The final practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix will take place at 12pm on Saturday, March 19.
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.