Lance made a strong start to the race to end the first lap in sixth place, benefitting from a clash between Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly, as well as surging past Fernando Alonso shortly after.
Lance held his P6 position until his pitstop on lap 27 of 71 as he changed from the Soft Pirelli tyres onto a brand new set of Hard tyres before re-joining in P11.
Lance would move back into P6 as the pitstops cycled through.
But he would end the race in eighth as the fresher tyre advantage of both Carlos Sainz Jr and Charles Leclerc told.
Lance’s four points moved him into P12 in the championship standings.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“We were racing well inside the points throughout the race and it was exciting to be in a battle from the first lap until the end. We made a strong start and ran in the pack with Fernando [Alonso], Charles [Leclerc] and Pierre [Gasly]. There was a little bit of contact ahead, which helped us gain some places, and I managed to overtake Fernando to move into sixth. He was always close in the race, so it was maximum attack from there to the end. It was a fun battle throughout the race. We tried to hold off Carlos [Sainz] and Charles but they had strong pace in the final part of the race and a tyre advantage. So P8 is a good result and we can be happy with a positive weekend from the very first lap on Friday. We are racing here again next weekend, so we will go away and understand where we can find gains to be even stronger next weekend.”
Lance will return for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday July 2 with FP1 at 10:30am BST.
Italian Grand Prix
September 12, 2021
Lance claimed P7 and six points at the Italian Grand Prix as Formula One’s second triple-header draws to a close.