Dutch Grand Prix

September 3, 2021

Lance P14 on Friday in Zandvoort

Lance finished Friday practice P14 at Zandvoort ahead of Formula One’s first Dutch Grand Prix in 36 years.

Lance began the morning FP1 session on the Hard Pirelli tyres, quickly placing P4 in the timings.

After 15 minutes of the session, the Canadian driver had been pushed down three positions into P7. However, a red flag caused by team-mate Sebastian Vettel brought the session to a stop with the clock still ticking.

With only six minutes remaining, the green light showed in the pitlane, and Lance returned to the circuit on Soft tyres.

In the final two minutes of the session, Lance was able to put in a 1:12.431 effort to go P3 before being moved into P9, where he ended the morning.

A technical issue delayed the start of FP2 by five minutes but, as soon as the lights went green, Lance took to the circuit on Medium tyres to familiarise himself with the Dutch circuit.

A brief red flag for the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton sent the grid back to the pits but Lance and the remainder of the grid were able to join the track again with 45 minutes left.

Lance was able to moved P7 in the timings before pitting to switch onto the Soft tyres.

A second red flag stopped the session when the Haas of Nikita Mazepin became beached in the gravel with 30 minutes left on the clock. Thankfully, the car was removed, and the session resumed with 23 minutes left.

The Canadian driver was able to amass 29 laps of the 4.35km circuit and put in a 1:12.136 lap time to end the day in P14.

Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Racing Team Driver

“It was a positive day to start the weekend and I really enjoyed the experience of driving at Zandvoort once again. Track time was limited in FP1, we finished ninth, and we looked strong in FP2 until we were caught out by the red flag when I was on a quick lap. I felt comfortable in the car and I think we have a good baseline. We know that qualifying is going to be key to success here because overtaking will be so difficult, but there is some degradation, which might make strategy a bit more of a factor. We have got plenty of data to look at tonight and we will aim to take another step forward tomorrow.”

FP3 for the Dutch Grand Prix will begin at 11am BST on Saturday September 4.