Lance Stroll mentioned he was “super-happy” after the Canadian Grand Prix, with the Aston Martin driver taking the ultimate factors paying place in tenth at his dwelling race – whereas his annoyed workforce mate Sebastian Vettel rued his misfortune within the race after ending twelfth.
Stroll began the race seventeenth and did 47 laps on the exhausting tyre within the first stint, as he made his means all the best way as much as P8, the place he defended from the fast-charging Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guanyu.
After pitting for the medium tyre, Stroll was in a position to go the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo on Lap 63 for P10, to seal his factors end since Miami. And the delighted Canadian praised the work executed by his workforce, after a “challening” begin to the season.
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“We had an important technique for this race, and I’m super-pleased to have been in a position to rating a degree,” mentioned Stroll. “We did an important job deciding to go lengthy on the primary set of tyres to make a one-stop race work, managing to maintain a string of automobiles behind me. The overtake on Daniel [Ricciardo] was a pleasant bonus – we have been on brisker tyres, so it was a fairly straightforward transfer.
“Issues are definitely much more difficult this yr, however I’m happy to have had a profitable race as we speak… It has been unbelievable to race at dwelling after such a very long time away.”
Vettel: ‘Tough to get well’ after shedding out behind the Security Automobile
Crew mate Sebastian Vettel made a quick begin to the weekend in Montreal, ending in ninth, eighth and third in FP1, FP2 and FP3 respectively – however like Stroll, he did not get out of Q1 in qualifying. And after a race the place he misplaced out by pitting proper earlier than the primary Digital Security Automobile – attributable to Sergio Perez stopping at Flip 8 – a annoyed Vettel admitted he had hoped for way more from the weekend.
“It simply was not our day. We made an early cease to seek out some clear air, however then the Digital Security Vehicles got here alongside on the unsuitable time,” mentioned Vettel. “That actually compromised my race. On the finish, I used to be on very previous rubber, and I attempted to hold on, however it didn’t work out. Lance was on brisker tyres, and the workforce requested me to let him previous to assault Daniel, which I used to be glad to do.
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“The end result was irritating – we had proven good tempo this weekend and will have had a greater end result, however typically issues don’t go your means. Immediately felt like a kind of days. Nicely executed to the workforce for all their exhausting work and to Lance for scoring a degree as we speak.”