The weekend’s mixed weather conditions continued into race day with a morning of rain and Lance lined up in 15th on the Intermediate Pirelli tyres.
As the lights went out, Lance was able to avoid the lap-one chaos to make up four places into 11th as he tousled with the Alpha Tauri of Yuki Tsunoda for 10th.
Any further progress was halted by before the Safety Car was released due to a collision between Daniel Riccardo, Valtteri Bottas, and Carlos Sainz Jr.
On lap four of the 63 lap race, the stricken Ferrari was retrieved and racing resumed with Lance continuing his hunt for his first points of the season.
Two laps later, the Canadian swept past Fernando Alonso for 10th.
With the drying track conditions, Lance dove into the pits on lap 19 to switch onto a set of Medium tyres, re-emerging in 10th.
Lance then managed to hold a large enough gap to prevent the Alpine of Esteban Ocon from making up a position, as the cars bunched up, and held on for 10th.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“It has been a positive weekend for the team and it is great to see both cars in the points. It was a well-earned point for us today because there was intense pressure throughout the race, not to mention the changeable weather conditions. At the beginning of the race, we performed strongly. Everyone was battling overheating tyres and a drying track, but we kept [Lewis] Hamilton behind and pressured [Yuki] Tsunoda ahead. Once we switched to the Medium tyre, we continued to show good pace and pulled away from the train of cars behind us. I am happy that we performed better this weekend and made the most of the opportunities that came our way. Qualifying and the race were in cooler and wet conditions, which may have suited us. We will enjoy today but will continue to keep pushing for more in the coming races.”
Japanese Grand Prix
September 27, 2023
After making up several positions from his grid slot, Lance was forced to retire with a rear wing issue.