Aston Martin felt they had a good pace in today’s race in Austria. Lance Stroll took P13 and Sebastian Vettel took P19, after having to retire from the race after being touched by Albon.
Mike Krack, Team Principal: “Lance managed his race really well. Like Sebastian, he was one of the few drivers to start on the soft patch and he kept those tires, chasing Alex (Albon) and the two McLarens. He finished 14th on the grid , but got a chance due to Albon’s five-second penalty. That puts you in a good position tomorrow. Sebastian got off to a good start and was able to quickly catch Albon. He got around the outside of Albon at six, but Alex got away and his right front tire scraped him Sebastian on the back left, taking him to the gravel. Seb was able to continue, but we could see that his car was damaged by the bodywork and we felt the safest thing to do was to stop. From our positions on the grid today, we have shown that we can making progress and we feel that we can again challenge the cars at the front in tomorrow’s GP.
Stroll: “We had a good run today. On the soft track we managed to get a couple of positions but we got stuck in the DRS train. It’s difficult to make progress due to the closeness of the midfield and how the soft tires ended up at the end. We’ll get a place on the grid of tomorrow’s GP because of Bottas’ penalty, so this is a place closer to the score. We understand more about this new package as well, especially after the free practice session today,” he added.
Vettel: “I think Albon was a little optimistic when we were running at Turn 6 and he slipped me, which cost us the opportunity to get a good grid position tomorrow. I managed to get out of the gravel, but the car had damage. That means I will start tomorrow’s race around when we started today. It’s a shame because we made good progress in the first few laps and I think starting with the line was the right decision. There’s still a long race ahead and we’ll try our best to improve the order tomorrow.”