Stroll stops ‘unlucky’ safety car timing as he says better P7 was possible in Zandvoort

Lance Stroll used to finish in 10th place this season, achieving that feat on five separate occasions without ever being able to come home higher. Zandvoort was another track where he scored a solo point – but thought he could have gotten more.

The late virtual safety car and then the actual safety car caused by Yuki Tsunoda and then retired Valtteri Bottas threw the strategy out the window, giving some drivers a free stop while others saw a devastating afternoon. He was in the hard compound when the VSC period began and concluded on Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso standing in front of them, before both could switch to fresher rubber.

“We were a little unlucky today in terms of how things went and how that affected our strategy,” he said after the race. “The safety car timing gave the Alps and Norris an advantage: otherwise we would have fought for seventh. Our pace was strong all weekend, I felt really confident in the car, and we were more competitive.

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“This is really encouraging for the upcoming races. It was a great push by the team back in the factory to make our car faster, so hopefully this is the start of a solid run to the end of the season.”

Aston Martin saw their strategy in the air by a late VSC

Combined with his point, which approaches Aston Martin closer to the AlphaTauri in the fight for eighth place in Creators Championshipone of the biggest pluses for the Canadian was the fact that he made the third quarter on Saturday – although he was unable to complete a course in the third quarter due to technical issues.

But there weren’t many positives to be found on the other side of the garage. Sebastian Vettel made a mistake in Q1, running wide through the gravel, leaving him with a low P19 grille slot. Although he regained quite a few places, the slow stop smashed any chances he had of getting back in the points.

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“We didn’t have much speed in the race – but maybe we could have done a better result if we hadn’t started back yet,” the German said. “We stopped early to try to undermine the cars in front of us. This strategy would have worked, but the first stop was really slow – I lost a lot of time for Zhou. [Guanyu]Pierre [Gasly]Alex [Albon]make up [Schumacher] And I was very close to Daniel [Ricciardo]. “


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Vettel enjoyed jogging with Schumacher

With Vettel at Swansong from his career, he was at least able to enjoy some joy from another battle on the right track with Schumacher, even if he admitted that the fun may have been watered down for his friend.

“I enjoyed my fight with Mick. It’s obviously disappointing: He started on the points, I started almost last, and we met in the middle! So it’s not a highlight for both of us, but at least we can have some fun.”

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