After a difficult period in the UK that saw rival Alpine close to the gap in the standings, Formula One team Aston Martin will be hoping to capitalize on the momentum and opportunism shown by Quebec’s Lance Stroll to do better in Hungary.
Stroll qualified 15th at Silverstone before finishing 14th in his first sprint race in the discipline’s history. However, he took advantage of the start of the main race, and then the second start after the red flag, to climb up to eighth.
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However, his teammate Sebastian Vettel started making mistakes in the first round and was eventually forced to retire, so Stroll’s four points could not match Fernando Alonso’s eight and that of Esteban Ocon. As a result, Aston Martin is sixth in the manufacturers’ standings, one point behind the AlphaTauri. There are only eight left before the Alps.
Stroll believes, however, that this result proved that the team was able to finish in the top ten in both GPs and maximize results when the stars align.
“We showed a lot of determination and fighting spirit by getting points though [un Grand Prix] “It’s tough at Silverstone and we will maintain this pace in Hungary,” Stroll said in a statement from Aston Martin.
However the situation will be difficult in Budapest. Stroll has only qualified in the top 10 in four times in 10 races this year, and the Hungarian track offers very few overtaking opportunities.
So the first round and strategy will be of great importance.
“Hungaroring is a unique track with few overtaking opportunities, which gives special importance to qualifying. A timely tire strategy is also critical.”
Qualifiers will take place on Saturday, while the race in Hungary will be held on Sunday.
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