He then spent the rest of his stint on these tyres chasing down AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda.
Opting for an early pitstop, Lance came in on lap 14 and switched to the Hard compounds. He returned to the grid in 19th but he crucially undercut Tsunoda in this phase of the race.
As the rest of the field started coming in for their pitstops, he managed to get himself up to 12th. A charge on Haas’ Kevin Magnussen promoted him to 11th on lap 21, and a pitstop from Charles Leclerc one lap later put him into the points-paying positions.
After team-mate Sebastian Vettel took his only pitstop of the race, Lance shifted up to ninth, where he stayed for his next stint.
The Canadian then came in for his second and final pitstop on lap 41, swapping onto another set of Medium tyres and retuning to the field in 12th.
By lap 45, he managed to get up to 11th but on fresher tyres and with more of a challenging pace, his team-mate moved aside to make space, and Lance sat in 10th.
A few laps later, Lance was able to make a move on McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo to take ninth. Shortly after, mechanical issues for Lewis Hamilton forced the Briton to retire, which consequently promoted Lance to eighth, where he finished the race.
Lance finished the difficult season for Aston Martin in 15th in the 2022 Driver’s Championship, while Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo drew with 55 points in the Constructor’s Championship but Aston finished behind on count-back.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
We had a competitive race with a good strategy today to round out the year. I am happy with the performance and the result: it was a great team effort. It was a shame not to pass Alfa Romeo in the Constructors’ World Championship at the end. We gave it everything we could as the races ticked by and we were so close to jumping them today. The team here at the track and back at Silverstone did a really good job throughout the year to help us get much more out of the car in the second half of the season. We were able to fight for points on a much more regular basis recently and that progress is a good preparation for next year.
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.