After making an early exit in Saturday’s rain-afflicted qualifying, Lance started from 20th on the mid-range Medium tyre, intent on returning to the top 10.
When the Grand Prix got underway, he successfully avoided a major multi-car collision in Turn One, which subsequently led to the race being red flagged.
Upon its resumption, again from a standing start, Lance was shuffled from 14th to 17th but quickly regained three positions before pitting on lap 16 of 52.
Switching onto the Hard tyres, he rejoined the race in 17th but quickly took 16th by sweeping past AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda.
A stoppage for Esteban Ocon on lap 39 brought out the Safety Car and allowed Lance to pit onto the Medium tyre, re-joining in 12th.
Once the Alpine was retrieved, racing was resumed, and Lance made his move on Nicholas Latifi to take 11th position.
Despite closing the gap to Kevin Magnussen, Lance narrowly missed out on the final points-scoring position by only 1.1557 seconds to take home 11th.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“I thought we had a reasonably positive race. The cars showed much better pace than yesterday, so it is a shame I was not able to score some points. We are still learning and understanding the upgrades but, based on the race today, I see potential for the races to come. I am glad Zhou [Guanyu] and Alex are okay after the crash at the start.”
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.