In the final free practice session , Lance completed 16 laps of the 4.3km Hungaroring circuit, setting a 1:18.050 lap time to end the morning in P10.
In Q1, Lance began the session on a set of new Soft Pirelli tyres to set a 1:17.452 lap time to slot into a provisional P8 position.
Switching to another new set of Soft tyres, Lance continued to improve on his lap time and, with a clear track, the Canadian driver put in a 1:17.038 lap time, ending Q1 in P6 and securing his place into Q2.
For Q2, Lance again took to the track on a set of Soft tyres and put in a 1:17.638 time on his first run.
On his second run, Lance improved on his lap time, setting a 1:16.893 effort to put him within Q3 contention.
A flurry of late fast times dropped Lance into P12 and into his final grid slot.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“We were so close to making Q3, so it is a bit of a shame to only secure P12 on the grid. There are some mixed feelings because we were competitive in Q1 and finished P6 at that stage, but Q2 was a little trickier. Still, the positive is that we have a free tyre choice for tomorrow’s race, and we will be able to consider a different strategy from the drivers in the top 10. It was tricky out there in such hot conditions and the tyre drop-off in the final sector today shows that degradation could be a factor tomorrow. Anything can happen in the race, so points are still achievable – and that is our goal.”
Lance will be back on track for the Hungarian Grand Prix from 2pm BST on Sunday August 1.
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.