In the final free practice session of the weekend, Lance amassed 41 laps of the Brazilian track as he prepared for the F1 Sprint in the afternoon.
The Canadian delivered his best lap time of 1:13.426 to finish P11 at the end of the session.
In the Sprint, Lance maintained his starting position of P15 after making a solid start, before chasing down the Alpha Tauri of Yuki Tsunoda ahead of him.
Lance began to build a gap between himself and his countryman Nicholas Latifi as the race unfolded, continuing his pursuit of Tsunoda ahead.
As the race entered the final lap, Lance made his move to snatch the position away from the Japanese driver, ending the Sprint in P14.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“We have moved up a place for tomorrow’s race, which is a positive. There was not a lot of action around us at the start, so we were still P15 after the first lap. Then, at the end, [Yuki] Tsunoda started to suffer on the Softs in front of us, while we had managed our Mediums pretty well. He lost DRS from the car in front of him and we got him on the last lap, so I think it was probably the right thing to do [starting on the Mediums]. It was tough to overtake today, but it is a long race and anything can happen at this circuit, so maybe there will be a few opportunities for us tomorrow. We will see what we can do from P14 and aim to make up a few places.”
The São Paulo Grand Prix will get underway at 5 pm GMT on Sunday, November 14.
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.