In FP1, Lance wasted no time taking to the new, unfamiliar circuit as he established a performance baseline in the AMR21, laying down an initial 1:35.812 lap time.
As the session progressed, the track continued to evolve, and as lap times began to fall, Lance fitted the Soft tyres at the mid-way point as he began to target performance.
Displaying top 10 pace on the fastest compound, Lance fitted the Hard tyres to end the session as he began to focus on long-distance running, taking 14th overall.
Taking place after sunset, FP2 took place in conditions that were representative of Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race, with Lance evaluating the Medium tyre at the start of the session.
Under the floodlights, Lance produced a 1:32.109 benchmark to slot into seventh early on.
Alternating between the Medium and Soft compound, Lance and the team examined long-distance performance throughout the second half of the one-hour session.
The session was ultimately cut short when Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc crashed into the barrier, causing a red flag.
Unable to improve on his lap time and position, Lance ended the session in 15th.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“It was cool to experience the circuit for the first time today and it is a very fast track. I think we can see that overtaking will be challenging on Sunday, so qualifying will be very important. We do not have a big braking zone to help overtaking, but that means the track has a real flow to it. Getting comfortable across the lap will be key to a good lap time because there are a few areas where, if you really push, you can find time. We have a decent starting point with the car, but we will work overnight to make progress and ensure we head into qualifying in a good place.”
FP3 for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place at 14:00 GMT on Saturday, December 4.
Spanish Grand Prix
June 5, 2023
Lance Stroll took sixth place around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a measured drive around the flowing Spanish track.