Despite a headwind into Turn One at the start of Qualifying, Lance made a good start on a new set of Soft (C4) compound Pirelli tyres early in the session to put in a 1:31.803 lap time, slotting him into P9.
Lance was able to put in a second run in Q1 despite a spin for a fellow driver which brought out the yellow flags, hindering several other drivers. Luckily, Lance was unaffected and was able to find further time on his second set of new Soft tyres to put in a 1:31.261 lap time, taking him to P12 and a place in Q2.
Lance once again opted for an early run at the start of Q2 on new Soft tyres, setting his first time to take him into P10. However, as the temperatures on track began to fall and other drivers put in hot laps, Lance returned to the garage in preparation for his second Q2 run.
With only three minutes of the session remaining, Lance delivered one final flying lap of 1:30.624, securing him a place in Q3.
Lance completed one run in Q3, heading out mid-session when the track was clear to take advantage of clean air to put in a 1:30.601 lap time, placing him in P6 before being pushed down into P10 where he will begin the first race of the season.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Racing Driver
“It was a good fight out there today and it is clear that the midfield has become even closer this year because a lost tenth or two will put you in Q2. The AMR21 felt good, but we have got plenty of work ahead to keep improving and to try and push back towards the top end of Q3.
“I am really excited to get going for tomorrow’s race because the first race is always a little bit unpredictable and exciting. We are starting inside the top 10 and with a good start, strong tyre management and well executed strategy, we can target some good points tomorrow. We just need to go away tonight, get our heads down, and keep on improving our understanding of the car.”
Spanish Grand Prix
May 9, 2021
Lance narrowly missed out on points after a near race-long battle for P10 in Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix.