Stroll and Alonso to Start from Fifth Row

Stroll and Alonso to Kick Off from the Fifth Row Following a Fair Dinkum Q3


Aston Martin F1 cements its position as the fifth strongest on the grid, backed by Stroll’s optimistic performance and the team’s solid race strategy.

Aston Martin F1 harbors no doubt about being the fifth strongest team on the grid, as Lance Stroll qualified ninth, just ahead of his teammate. The Canadian driver was quite pleased with today’s results.

“We had good sessions in Q1 and Q2 today: the car was performing well, and I found a decent pace,” Stroll remarked. “Then, I had a bit of a moment at turn 9 in Q3, losing three to four tenths.”

“The lap had been strong until then, so I believe we could have aimed for a few places higher without that mistake. Tomorrow’s race will feature high degradation with this year’s softer tire choice.”

“So, I think it will all come down to tire management. We have a good car for the race, and it’s a fun track to drive, so scoring big points is the goal.”

Alonso had “no confidence in the car”

Fernando Alonso didn’t fare well in qualifying, securing the tenth fastest time after a mistake in his first Q3 run: “Getting both cars into Q3 was more or less what we expected today.”

“My first lap in Q3 wasn’t great: I went off into the gravel at turn six. My mistake. So, on my last full push lap, I really didn’t have much confidence in the car. It was tricky.”

“I think we are slightly less competitive than in Jeddah. The car was sliding: it’s a bit sensitive to wind and lacked consistency in its reactions. But that’s the same for everyone. However, we need to find more pace.”

“A lot will happen tomorrow. It won’t be an easy race for the tires – graining is a concern for everyone – so let’s see if we can manage it better than the others. We aim to bring both cars into the points this time.”

Stroll and Alonso to Start from Fifth Row After Modest Q3 Stroll and Alonso to Start from Fifth Row After Modest Q3


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