Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll managed to overturn a complicated weekend and score one point at his home Grand Prix. The Canadian driver went from the 17th place to the 10th while his teammate Sebastian Vettel could not make it into the top 10 as a Safety Car benefitted the home hero.
Stroll managed to keep the midfield train under control after a long first stint and then recover to 10th place after the stop.
His point gave Aston Martin the 8th place in the Team Championship standing ahead of Haas with fifteen points. Stroll is running 18th in the drivers' championship with three points scored under his belt. Ten points behind teammate Sebastian Vettel who´s in 14th place.
Stroll praised his team´s job by saying: "We had a great strategy for this race and I am super-pleased to have been able to score a point. 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 Aston Martin wasn´t quick enough for Lance and he said to the media: “I don´t think we were actually too quick today and the car didn´t feel great.” However, the Canadian concluded: “It was a tough race and I don´t think we were very quick but at the end is good to score point.”
Highlighting the positives he added: “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.”
This was the first race in Canada since 2019 after the race was out of the calendar due to the Covid-19 pandemic and he had a few words for his home fans: "A big thank you to all the fans for giving me such a fantastic reception all weekend – it has been incredible to race at home after such a long time away.”