Aston Martin’s good looks are confirmed. At the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday, Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel did well in the first and second free practice sessions, respectively.
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At the start of the afternoon, Stroll covered the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in 1 minute 15.877 seconds – exactly the same time as Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – to finish seventh.
Next, Vettel climbed to fourth by 1:14,442 laps, 315 milliseconds behind leader Max Verstappen (Red Bull). Off 12, Stroll (1:15,396) could have improved his position, but was hampered during the flying lap.
“I think we were competitive today, we fired Quebec, in the rain. Both laps were good. We had traffic on the last flyby lap, so we didn’t have a chance to improve on the course, but overall, we were competitive.
Stroll, whose best result at Ile Notre Dame was ninth (2017 and 2019), now believes that level of performance can carry over to the playoffs.
We showed speed [vendredi]then the target [d’atteindre le troisième segment des qualifications]. »
Already on Thursday, Montrealer said he is optimistic about the recent results obtained with the help of the significant development of the car presented in Spain.
“I think it’s definitely in the right direction,” he said. It gives us more opportunities to tune the car on different types of track. with [l’ancienne voiture]We were very competitive in circuits like Miami, where we were in a position to score points, and in other cases, we were really far away. We are now able to compete in circuits like Monaco and Baku, which are two very different types of tracks. It’s encouraging for the whole team.”
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