Canadian Grand Prix | A point for Lance Stroll at home

Lance Stroll used his home run to earn his third point of the season on Sunday. The Quebecer overtook Daniel Ricciardo at the end of the race to just barely finish top 10.

Posted at 5:52 p.m

Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
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“It’s going well. I’m very happy with that,” the Aston Martin driver summed up after the race with a smile.

Stroll who died on the 18the on the starting grid, benefited from the valuable help of his teammate Sebastian Vettel at the end of the race. The German, who had been on hard tires for 37 laps, gave him free rein to attack Ricciardo, which he successfully did on 64e turn 70

“I had more speed on newer tires and we had Ricciardo up front. […] I was running on new medium tires so I had more options than [Sebastian] to beat the competition,” he explained.

“It’s a good team effort,” he continued. We had a good strategy. We appreciate points. »

This is Stroll’s fourth career race in Montreal. The three times he crossed the finish line he was in the points. We can say that the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit suits him. “There’s always something special here,” he also said, claiming to have felt the energy emanating from the crowded and noisy stands.

This is the third time Stroll has placed 10the this season. He couldn’t do it any better. His three points put him in 18th placee ranked behind Alexander Albon of Williams in the Drivers’ Championship. His two pursuers Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Nicholas Latifi (Williams) still have no points.

For his part, Vettel was finally 12the to cross the finish line. Aside from his two retirements in Australia and Miami, this is his worst result this season – missing the first two due to COVID-19.

However, with that point collected on Sunday, billionaire Lawrence Stroll’s son allows Aston Martin to take 8e Rank among manufacturers with 16 points. The team tied with Haas en route to the Canadian Grand Prix.

find solace

In any case, Aston Martin still has a lot of work to do to improve its car, Stroll believes.

“In terms of confidence, it’s one of the most difficult cars to drive that I’ve driven in my career,” he said.

“I think it was a bit better today, but it was still difficult. We have to keep working to make me feel more and more comfortable in the car because it’s still difficult for me. […] There are still things the car does that surprise me. We need to keep working to find that comfortable place we were last year and the year before when I felt more comfortable and confident. »

A weekend to remember

Nicholas Latifi’s race was like the last eight: the Torontonian didn’t even come close to a point.

The Williams driver, who died on March 19e on the starting grid, finished at 16e Rank for the fifth time this season. He beat Kevin Magnussens Haas while Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and Mick Schumacher (Haas) had to retire.

“We were missing a lot of pace and we have to try to figure out why that’s the case with high and low fuel consumption,” he said. We now have two weeks to try and do some analysis before heading to Silverstone. Whatever the result, it was a weekend to remember. »

Unforgettable because it was his first career race on Canadian soil. The 26-year-old driver has been beaming at every appearance in the paddock and in front of the media this week.

“It was really great to finally have my first race at home,” he said. The support I felt from my family, my friends and all the fans in the stands was amazing. »

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