The final practice session of the weekend was abandoned due to heavy rain, but with the weather set to improve for the afternoon, qualifying was given the green light.
In a damp Q1 session, Lance began on the Intermediate Pirelli tyres and quickly started his charge to advance into Q2.
On his first run, Lance was able to slot himself into P4 with a 1:51.136 run but, with track conditions improving and lap times falling, he was unable to maintain position, falling down the timings.
As Q1 drew to a close, Lance was able to put in a 1.48.322 lap time to secure his place into Q2 as he ended the session in P12.
In Q2, with the still drying track, Lance opted to continue running the Intermediate tyres, putting in his first run to take him into P4 in the timings.
In the final five minutes of Q2, Lance put in a 1:46.439 lap time to comfortably secure a place in Q3.
In the final part of qualifying, Lance began the session on the Intermediate tyres for his first run, putting in a 1:45.415 lap time and taking him into P3.
Due to the improving track conditions, the Canadian driver pitted to change from the Intermediates and onto a new set of Softs for the remainder of the session.
With a 1.44.956 lap time, Lance was able to secure P8 ahead of Sunday’s race.
Due to an engine penalty for Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, Lance will move up one position into P7 where he will start the Russian Grand Prix.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“I am happy that we made it into Q3 and P8 is a good starting position to fight for points tomorrow. We made a decent step forward compared to yesterday and the team did a good job in challenging conditions. I do think there was more on the table on the last lap, though. What affected the lap most was traffic in the last sector [caused by Sergio Perez] and my lap time was hurt under braking into Turns 13, 14 and 15. I also had issues with Daniel [Ricciardo] getting in my way in Q1. It was a bit frustrating, but we will look ahead to tomorrow now. It is a long run to the first braking point here and there is a lot of slipstreaming, so let us see what happens on Sunday.”
The Russian Grand Prix will get underway at 13:00BST on Sunday September 26.
Russian Grand Prix
September 26, 2021
Difficult weekend in Sochi for Lance as he ends Formula One’s Russian Grand Prix in P11.