In the morning FP1 session, the dry but cool track temperatures did little to hinder the Canadian driver’s performance as he put in 19 laps of the 4.9km circuit, delivering a 1:17.489 lap time to put him into P8. Unfortunately, two red flag incidents prematurely ended runnings and Lance was unable to improve on his position.
A marginally warmer FP2 session allowed Lance to improve of his time from the morning session but also allowed the rest of the field to do the same. With a 1:16.737 lap time, Lance slotted himself into P10. However, another red flag incident after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc crashed, ended the session with three minutes on the clock, preventing Lance from being able to improve on his position again.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Racing Driver
“It is great to be back in Imola because it is such an awesome circuit. It is really satisfying to drive, especially the way you can attack the circuit and use the kerbs. It reminds me of my karting days. I would call it an old school circuit; it punishes errors, and I think that’s why the drivers enjoy it so much. It is quite different from the open layout of Bahrain and the car naturally feels different as a result, but I felt good today and we completed some important work. We now have plenty of information to analyse this evening, but it has been a promising start to the weekend.”
Lance will be back on track for the final free practice session on Saturday April 17 at 10am BST.
Spanish Grand Prix
May 9, 2021
Lance narrowly missed out on points after a near race-long battle for P10 in Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix.