Sebastian Vettel (eighth) and Lance Stroll (tenth) gave Aston Martin the first points of the year in Imola two weeks ago, but the Silverstone team should have expected more from the start of the 2022 Formula 1 season. Miami Aston Martin is doing well at the moment as evidenced by Stroll’s participation in the third quarter.
“It was nice and good to have the car in Q3,” Stroll said in an interview with, among others Motorsport.com† The Canadian was stuck in P10 for the latter part of qualifying, more than 0.6s behind number 9 Yuki Tsunoda. “It was a bit difficult for us in Q3, then we were very slow. We need to find out why that was.”
The behavior of the AMR22 is difficult to understand, explained Stroll. “We did well in Q2, but if we had had the grip and pace of Q3 in Q1 we would have flown by then. The car is very unpredictable. It is difficult to understand why we are first fast and then slow again. We have to find out.”
Mistakes cost Vettel Q3
Vettel retired in Q2 but said he could have reached the final segment as well. “I think there would have been more residents. I had a little moment on my last try. That cost me a place in Q3,” said the four-time world champion, who was 0.086 seconds short of participating in Q3. Even Vettel has no idea where the speed of Aston Martin suddenly comes from. “It’s a bit surprising since we haven’t implemented any updates. We’ll see if we can confirm that in the race.”