Within the opening lap he managed to climb to 12th after a collision between Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen which subsequently resulted in both drivers retiring.
By lap 11, Lance was racing in ninth place but was then overtaken by Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, demoting him to 10th.
As others across the field started taking their pitstops, Lance flitted on the fringes of the top 10 and into points positions, at one point making his way up to fifth.
Taking his pitstop on lap 29, Lance returned on a fresher set of Mediums in 15th, ahead of World Champion Max Verstappen.
Despite then being overtaken by Verstappen, further pitstops pushed Lance to ninth once again.
Lance was then brought in for another pitstop on lap 48, this time opting for Soft tyres, and returning in 15th.
After a second Safety Car which ended on lap 60, Lance was able to take 12th from Haas’ Mick Schumacher, then taking 11th from Zhou Guanyu on lap 63.
Now racing behind his team-mate, Lance was able to take the final points position from Sebastian Vettel, in his hunt for Bottas and points for the team in the Constructors’ Championship.
Ultimately, Lance didn’t have enough pace to gain on the Alfa Romeo driver, and finished the race in 10th with a best lap time of 1:14.831.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“There was a lot going on in the race, but we were able to take some chances towards the end. We did not have much pace with the Medium tyre earlier on in the race but the balance on the Soft was much better. It isa nice feeling to score a point after a challenging weekend as a whole but it is a shame that Alfa Romeo pulled a little bit further away from us in the Constructors’ Championship today. It will be tough, but we will try and overhaul them in Abu Dhabi next weekend.
Bahrain Grand Prix
March 8, 2023
I want to take a moment today to reflect on the last couple weeks, and share my story with you guys.