After missing out on Q3 in qualifying on Saturday, Lance prepared to line up for his 100th F1 race from 13th on the grid, starting on the Medium compound Pirelli tyres.
In the opening stages of the race, he battled with team-mate Sebastian Vettel as the duo jostled for 15th, switching back and forth for numerous laps.
The Canadian driver was able to capitalise on a number of early pitstops to gain two positions before diving into the pits on lap 21 of 53 for a set of Hard tyres, rejoining in 17th.
With retirements for Kimi Raikkonen, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi, Lance to gained three positions to move into 14th.
As the race entered its final stages, an incident for Nicholas Latifi brought out the Safety Car and Lance pitted for a set of Soft tyres.
Unfortunately, Lance was unable to progress any further and the Canadian ended the race in 13th.
Amassing 34 points, Lance concluded the 2021 campaign in 13th in the Drivers’ Championship while Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team secured seventh in the Constructors’ Standings with 77 points.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“It was a tricky race today and we were not able to benefit from the late Safety Car because we were not waved through to overtake, which was frustrating and I did not understand. It was a late chance to make up some places and potentially aim for points after we made the decision to pit again. P13 is not how we wanted to end the season and my 100th Grand Prix, but we have learned a lot this year that will put us in good stead for 2022. It has been great to be a part of Aston Martin’s first year back in Formula One, and I am sure there is a bright future ahead.”
Bahrain Grand Prix
March 8, 2023
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