With one final practice session left in order to refine the car’s set-up, Lance set his benchmark lap of 1.32.382 on the Soft Pirelli tyres.
Lance continued to improve as the session went on, reducing his time to 1.31.067 and ending FP3 in 15th ahead of the evening’s qualifying.
Beginning Q1 on the Soft tyres, Lance placed sixth before a red flag caused by the Williams for Nicholas Latifi halted track action.
Once the track was cleared, Lance secured a spot in Q2 after delivering a 1.30.256 lap time for 15th.
In Q2, Lance set a benchmark lap time of1.31.027, which proved 12th-fastest.
A lengthy red flag due to a crash for Mick Schumacher paused the session while his car was safely recovered.
When track action resumed, Lance had one final opportunity to make Q3.
Producing a 1.31.009 lap, Lance was unable to advance any further and qualified 15th.
Due to a three-place grid penalty for Daniel Riccardo and Mick Schumacher’s withdrawal from the weekend after his crash,, Lance will line up in 13th.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“The most important thing after qualifying is that it appears that Mick is generally OK after his big accident. It was not easy to sit in the car waiting for things to resume, so it was good to have an update on his condition before we went out again. I think P15 was probably the maximum we could achieve today. The balance of the car is decent, but we just lack that extra bit of grip to jump up the order. Last year it was a really eventful race here, so you would expect similar opportunities tomorrow. We will be ready to react quickly and can hopefully make progress.”
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, March 27 at 6pm BST.
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.