October 9, 2021

Lance ready to ‘fight until the end’ in Turkey

Lance will start the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix in P8 after a topsy-turvy qualifying session in Istanbul.

Lance will start the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix in P8 after a topsy-turvy qualifying session in Istanbul.

Saturday got underway in wet conditions and the field opted to make a gradual start to FP3.

Twelve minutes into FP3, Lance took to the track on Wet Pirelli tyres before returning to the pits.

A red flag caused by George Russell stopped track action while the stricken Williams was retrieved.

Once the track was cleared, Lance returned to the circuit on a set of Intermediate tyres, putting in a 1.34.711 lap time to move into P12.

Lance was able to improve his lap time to 1.33.348, ending the session in P16.

Later on, Lance began Q1 on Soft tyres, posting a 1.44.856 in the greasy track conditions and to initially go P16.

After switching to a fresh set of Soft tyres, Lance moved himself out of the bottom five and into P13, securing his place in Q2.

In Q2, Lance started on Medium tyres and quickly slotted into P7 in after his first run.

With the track surface constantly improving, the lap times began to fall, and Lance switched to a new set of Mediums to set a 1.24.601 and secure his place in Q3 in P9.

For Q3, Lance began on a set of used Softs as the team opted to conserve tyres, taking himself into P10.

A switch to a set of new Soft for his final run allowed him to improve and move into P9, where he ended the final qualifying session.

Due to a 10-place grid penalty for Lewis Hamilton, Lance will start the Turkish Grand Prix from P8.

Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver

“After practice yesterday, we made some helpful changes to the car overnight and I think that showed in our performance today. Overall, I am satisfied and it was a good effort. I had a small off during my final run in Q2, but my previous lap was strong enough to make it into Q3. Tomorrow, we will be starting the race from eighth on the Medium tyre, which should put us in a good position for the opening stint. There are a few quick cars out of position on the grid – because of the conditions and various grid penalties – so we will have to capitalise on that, fight until the end, and push every lap to see where we end up.”

The Turkish Grand Prix will begin at 1pm BST on Sunday October 10.