After several laps of running in the final practice session, Lance managed to put in a lap time of 1:37.720, before heading back to the pits.
With less than 10 minutes left on the clock, he returned to the circuit on another set of Softs, and managed to improve his time to 1:37.215 which left him in ninth as the chequered flag came down on the session.
Qualifying was an even stronger showing for Lance, as he emerged from the garage and put in a lap time of 1:36.860 which was enough to get him through to Q2 in 14th. This was despite not improving on his second run in Q1.
Towards the end of Q2, Lance put in a faster lap time of 1:36.032 and pipped Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas to eighth, ending up just behind the Alpine of his teammate for next season, Fernando Alonso.
Making it into Q3, Lance burnt rubber in the last 10 minutes, ending his qualifying session with a time of 1:35.598, in seventh.
Penalties for new power unit elements further up the field for Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc promotes Lance up to fifth for the start of the Grand Prix on Sunday.
This marks both Lance and AMF1’s best qualifying result of the season.
Lance Stroll – Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team Driver
“The car felt really good today; we found plenty of grip and the car gave me confidence. It gives us a great starting position for tomorrow.I am really pleased for the team because we have made good progress with the car recently and we are looking stronger on Saturdays. I really enjoyed it out there, even though conditions were tricky with the wind. It looks like we will start from fifth place, with a couple of penalties for the cars ahead, which means we are in the mix to pick up a good result on Sunday.”
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
November 20, 2022
A challenging weekend cumulated in a points finish for Lance Stroll as strategy played in his favour in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.