Lance surged through the field to secure our first double points haul of the 2020 Formula 1 season by taking P7 in the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, one place behind teammate Sergio Perez.
After a dramatic wet qualifying session in treacherous conditions, Lance started from P12. He went on to make one of his characteristic strong starts to leap from P12 to P10 on the opening lap.
Following an early Safety Car, the Lance picked off more positions to put both RP20's inside the Top 10 by Lap 12.
Lance kept up that impressive pace throughout the opening stint too, running as high as P6 before swapping his soft compound tyres for a set of mediums on Lap 33. Emerging in P6 before a battle with his charging teammate.
Lance was running in P7 until the final stages of the race, where he made a bold move down the inside of Ricciardo at Turn 3 to grab P6 on the penultimate lap, before the pair were joined in battle by Lando Norris on the final lap.
With fractions separating the quartet at the line, Checo would eventually take P6 and Lance P7 in a photo finish, securing a strong haul of points in the process after a battling race performance.
Lance: “I’m really happy with P4: it’s a good result and I have to thank the team for such a great job today and all weekend.
It was fun to fight Max [Verstappen] at the start of the race and run in P2 in the changeable conditions.
We actually ended up in quite a lonely race to P4, but the main thing is that we were able to score a good haul of points for the team, and so did Checo.
It was such a complex race and I’m looking forward to reviewing it and learning what we can for the races to come. We’ve had three races now and looked strong in all of them.
I think the podium was close today because we were in a big battle with Bottas and maybe we could have done things differently, but you can always say that after the race.
That’s racing and we’ve got to be happy with fourth.”
Following the back-to-back races to start the season, Lance moves into the third race in succession at the Hungaroring next week for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Lance currently sits P10 in the Driver's Championship with the team sitting in a strong P4 overall after the opening rounds at the Red Bull Ring.
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.