After a promising build-up to Q3, Lance Stroll suffered a hydraulic issue that prevented him from setting a time in the last part of qualifying. The Canadian showed significant improvement in pace from Q1 with a time of 1:11.568 and 1:11.416 in Q2.
Despite not putting down a time in Q3 Stroll, Stroll will start the Dutch Grand Prix from P10 off of the starting grid. The only other time the Aston Martin diver started from the top ten was from P9 in the previous race in Belgium- Stroll qualified P14 but due to a number of engine penalties from eight other drivers, he was moved up on the grid.
Nevertheless, the AMR21 showed signs of solid pace for Stroll throughout qualifying and he says that his P10 starting position will give them an opportunity to score some points for the race.
In Zandvoort after qualifying Stroll, expressed some frustration over the hydraulic issue on the AMR21 but the 23-year-old remained positive about his top ten start.
“Yeah, we had a hydraulic issue in Q3. So we couldn't get out” Stroll said.
“It is a shame that we had the hydraulic issue in Q3 because we had the pace for a top-eight result today – and that would have been great given our recent difficulties in qualifying.
“The car was really fun to drive today – the team have done a fantastic job with the set-up and balance – so it is great to see everyone being rewarded for their efforts.
“This starting position should give us a good chance to score some decent points in the Grand Prix tomorrow.”
Mike Krack, Team Principal at Aston Martin gave credit to Stroll’s hard work and effort on track during qualifying and says that they will approach the race with “controlled ambition.”
“Lance was also really ‘on it’ in Q1 – a strong P7 – and again in Q2 despite locking up at Turn One at the start of his second fast lap – a fine P8 – then in Q3 we suffered a lack of hydraulic pressure which prevented him from being able to go out again” Krack said.
“All in all, it was a frustrating session but both our drivers showed very good pace and will therefore approach tomorrow's race with controlled ambition.”