Stroll praises ‘great work’ by Aston Martin after finishing 10th in home Grand Prix, as Vettel reflects on frustrating race
Lance Stroll said he was “super-happy” after the Canadian Grand Prix, with the Aston Martin driver taking the final points paying position in 10th at his home race – while his frustrated team mate Sebastian Vettel rued his misfortune in the race after finishing 12th.
Stroll started the race 17th and did 47 laps on the hard tyre in the first stint, as he made his way all the way up to P8, where he defended from the fast-charging Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guanyu.
After pitting for the medium tyre, Stroll was able to pass the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo on Lap 63 for P10, to seal his points finish since Miami. And the delighted Canadian praised the work done by his team, after a "challenging" start to the season.
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"We had a great strategy for this race, and I am super-pleased to have been able to score a point,” said Stroll. “We did a great job deciding to go long on the first set of tyres to make a one-stop race work, managing to keep a string of cars behind me. The overtake on Daniel [Ricciardo] was a nice bonus – we were on fresher tyres, so it was a pretty easy move.
“Things are certainly a lot more challenging this year, but I am pleased to have had a successful race today... It's been incredible to race at home after such a long time away."
Team mate Sebastian Vettel made a fast start to the weekend in Montreal, finishing in ninth, eighth and third in FP1, FP2 and FP3 respectively – but like Stroll, he failed to get out of Q1 in qualifying. And after a race where he lost out by pitting right before the first Virtual Safety Car – caused by Sergio Perez stopping at Turn 8 – a frustrated Vettel admitted he had hoped for much more from the weekend.
“It just was not our day. We made an early stop to find some clear air, but then the Virtual Safety Cars came along at the wrong time,” said Vettel. “That really compromised my race. At the end, I was on very old rubber, and I tried to hang on, but it did not work out. Lance was on fresher tyres, and the team asked me to let him past to attack Daniel, which I was happy to do.
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“The result was frustrating – we had shown good pace this weekend and could have had a better result, but sometimes things do not go your way. Today felt like one of those days. Well done to the team for all their hard work and to Lance for scoring a point today."