Austrian Grand Prix: no points for Aston Martin
Despite a 12e place on the starting grid and retirements in front of him, Lance Stroll was unable to obtain a single point at the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Austria on Sunday.
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The Quebec driver had to settle for 13e rank at the finish, while conceding a lap to the winner, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).
And the harvest was no better for Stroll’s teammate Sebastian Vettel, who did worse finishing the race in 17e square.
Still eliminated in Q1
The Aston Martin team is experiencing a worrying slump, to say the least, as it occupies ninth position in the constructors’ standings with barely 18 points on the clock.
Only Williams is doing worse than the team led by Montreal businessman Lawrence Stroll.
Its performance is hardly more brilliant in qualifying, where its two drivers were eliminated in the initial round (Q1) for a third Grand Prix in a row.
« My start was satisfying, » said Stroll as he got out of the car. And I was able to maintain my position and fight with both McLarens [Lando Norris et Daniel Ricciardo] at the start of the race. »
Stroll was the one, among the 20 entered, who rode the longest on his first set of tyres, only stopping at 29e round.
After holding fourth out of sequence, he was obviously demoted when he returned to the track with fresh tyres.
“After my stop, he explained, I found it very difficult to contain the faster cars behind me. It’s a pity to have been unable to register one or two points. »
Vettel hooked by Gasly
Involved in a collision with Alexander Albon the day before, during the sprint race, Vettel saw his career ruined by a touchdown with Pierre Gasly this time on Sunday.
The quadruple world champion has nothing to reproach himself for, since the stewards imposed a five-second penalty on the Frenchman for his behavior.
“I had taken the advantage over him, claimed Vettel, while leaving him a lot of space. He was too enthusiastic and he hit me. I did a gravel pit excursion, but was still able to continue.
“From then on, with a damaged car, I was practically limited to a role of figuration. »
Vettel finished the race in 17e and last row. The other three drivers behind him on the board, Carlos Sainz, Nicholas Latifi and Sergio Pérez, were forced to retire.
Schumacher driver of the day
Pointed out for his costly accidents at the start of the season, Mick Schumacher not only silenced his critics, but his two recent performances will also probably save his driving next year, within the American team Haas.
After scoring his first F1 points last week at Silverstone, he improved his fortunes by finishing sixth at the Austrian Grand Prix.
In addition, Michael’s son was awarded the title of driver of the day ahead of Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton.