Spa-Francorchamps saw Formula 1 back in action for a another triple header weekend of racing, starting with the Belgian Grand Prix.
Lance hit the ground running with P5 and P11 in the opening Free Practice sessions, before following it up with a solid P8 in the final Free Practice before Qualifying.
After making it through to Q3, Lance set a 1:42.603s lap to line up P9 on the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix.
At the start, Lance rocketed off the line – as usual! – to move from his starting position of ninth into seventh by the exit of La Source, with Checo continuing behind his team-mate.
Lance was in P7 and Checo in P9 when a Safety Car was called for an accident involving George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi – both drivers are thankfully OK.
The subsequent debris caused the Safety Car period to last from Lap 11 to Lap 15, with Lance diving into the pits to discard his used Softs for a new set of Hards - while Checo continued on track.
Lance was in P9 at this point, as Gasly had to yet make his stop after starting on the Hards, while Checo began to fight on the fringes of the top five. Lance soon moved up to P8 and rose back to P7 when Gasly finally made his stop, leaving him to settle into his second stint.
Tyre degradation proved a critical factor late on and Lance was unable to hold onto P7 in the final laps, taking P9 at the flag as Checo followed him home in P10.
Lance: “It was a difficult race today. We made a good start and gained a place, and we were looking comfortable in the first stint, but we had degradation in the second on the hard tyre and it was difficult to manage.
We were running in P7 late on and I’m disappointed to have finished in P9 – but there was nothing I could do to hold onto a higher position.
The positive is that we were able to score points on a challenging day regardless, and we’ve got a chance to improve and score more points next weekend at Monza.
I think the circuit should suit our car, but we need to go away and analyse everything that happened today to find some solutions to ensure we hit the ground running at Monza.”
Lance heads into a traditionally strong circuit for him at Monza in just one weeks time for the Italian Grand Prix on the 4-6 September.
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.