A rollercoaster ride for Aston Martin last weekend in Yas Marina, as the team – and F1 – gave their farewell to Sebastian Vettel and saw 6th position in the constructor’s championship slip right through their fingers.
Ahead of the season finale only five points separated Aston from Alfa Romeo in the standings, a gap that was closed just heavenly when Stroll crossed the line in P8 and Vettel in P10.
Ending the season with exactly 55 points each, however, meant the position was assigned on countback: Valtteri Bottas’ P5 in Emilia Romagna gave Alfa Romeo 6th place in the championship.
“It was a good race, good strategy, just a shame we didn’t get off in the championship in the end,” commented Stroll after the race.
The 2022 campaign had started off quite badly for Aston Martin, as the AMR22 appeared rather tricky to drive and struggled to find pace.
Performance was weak particularly on high-speed tracks and the team tried to fix things up introducing an upgrade package that led to a heavily revised car, which made its debut back in May at the Catalunya circuit, raising a few eyebrows for the similarities to the made in Milton Keynes RB18B.
Looking back to the season Stroll recalled some unfortunate events in which the team was unable to maximise points: from the high-speed clash he had with Alonso at COTA that cost him a three-place grid penalty for the following racing weekend in Mexico, to “a lot of safety cars that didn’t come out at the right time in positions to score more points.”
“Little things add up, but everyone has races and stuff that don’t work out,” he continued.
“It’s obviously easy to look back and say what could have gone better, but we gave it a good effort, happy with today’s race.”
Despite losing out on P6, the progress made throughout the season gives Stroll good hopes for the year that’s coming up
“Really looking forward to next year for sure. The guys back at the factory did a good job developing the car, we started off 9th / 10th fastest team and put ourselves in a much more competitive position.”