US GP: The hiking trip will start at number 13

Quebec’s Lance Stroll was disappointed in the playoffs after promising free practice, as he was sidelined in the first quarter on Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Because of the multiple penalties, the Aston Martin team driver will start the United States Grand Prix from 13th place.

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Stroll had to settle for 16th for the fastest time in qualifying, having fallen to elimination in the final moments of the first session. Unsatisfied with the last lap, especially due to the spin in front of him by Antonio Giovinazzi, he had to backtrack with regret towards the pits.

“It was frustrating to leave qualifying so early, because I think we have the speed to do a better job. […] During my last Q1 lap Giovinazzi slipped in front of me and the two yellow flags at Turn Two spoiled the end of my session,” Stroll admitted, on his team’s website.

With Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and George Russell all having to return to the starting grid due to part or engine change penalties, Stroll will start in 13th, along with compatriot Nicholas Latifi (Williams).

“There are quite a few cars that will be punished on the grid […]. No matter where we start from, we will fight for a good result tomorrow [dimanche]”, he added.

Vettel, his Aston Martin teammate, will, incidentally, start from 18th, who set the 12th fastest qualifying time.

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Max Verstappen took the lead with a final cannon lap of 1 minute 32.910 seconds. The Red Bull driver came out of nowhere in the last moments, ahead of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who had held first place until then.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez has dominated the last two sessions of free practice but will start in third.

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