Quebec’s Lance Stroll used a new front wing and was the fourth fastest driver in free practice two of Friday’s Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
The Aston Martin driver lapped the Ardennes circuit in 1:46.635, beaten only by Max Verstappen’s Red Bull (1:45.507), Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari (1:46.369) and Lando Norris’ McLaren (1:46.589).
In the first session, Stroll set the fifth fastest time.
“I felt good in the car and the lap times look good too,” said the 23-year-old from Montreal, according to the team statement. We tried all the rubbers and all three performed well.
In search of feeling
Sebastian Vettel (1:47.867), whose car featured the old front wing and a drastic rear wing configuration that significantly reduced downforce, settled for 15th place, more than a second off his teammate.
“I struggled a bit in the second session – I wasn’t really confident with the car – but I’m sure it will get better. [samedi], explained the four-time world champion. It was more about finding feelings with the car. We’ll be looking closely at the data and I’m sure we’ll make a step forward.”
The stopover in Belgium could be interesting for Stroll and Aston Martin as several drivers will start from the back of the grid due to changes in the powertrain. Leclerc, Verstappen and Norris are said to be there, as are Mick Schumacher, Esteban Ocon and Valtteri Bottas.
Qualifying takes place on Saturday and the race on Sunday. The rain could also come to reshuffle the cards.
“We don’t know what the weather will bring [samedi]so it’s very difficult to know where we’ll be in qualifying, but hopefully we’ll play for some good points this weekend,” Stroll hoped.
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