The final free practice session proved fruitful for the Canadian driver. Despite losing valuable track time due to a red flag, Lance was able to put in a 1.43.682 lap time and move himself into P12 by the end of the session.
As the light went green for the first qualifying session, Lance was quick to join the circuit with the rest of the field. Unfortunately, his session came to a premature end after hitting the wall at Turn 15, bringing out the red flag and ending his session.
The Canadian driver will therefore start the Grand Prix from P19.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One ™ Team Driver
“It was my mistake, and I have apologised to the team. Turn 15 is a challenging corner, as we have seen all weekend. It is off-camber and you brake over to the right, which means it is easy to lock up the front-right tyre under braking. With a tailwind like today, you can be caught out. I came into the corner too hot and locked up the tyre after I was already committed. I am obviously frustrated with myself, but the focus is on bouncing back tomorrow. You can overtake in Baku, so we will try to work our way up the field as much as we can in the race.”
Lance will be back on track for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday June 6 from 2pm BST.
French Grand Prix
June 18, 2021
Lance finished Friday in P16 as Formula One returned to Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix.