Lance Stroll finished the 2022 Australian Grand Prix in 12th position after spending the late stages of the race inside the top 10, ultimately just missing out. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel unfortunately retired before mid-distance after contact with the wall on approach to Turn Five.
We will keep our heads up and dig deep.
"We did not quite have the pace for points today, although we were able to defend a position inside the top 10 for a while late on. I think we had the right idea with our strategy by running the majority of the race on the Hard tyre, but we will look over the data and see what else we can learn. The five-second penalty was frustrating, even though it did not change our final race position. I caught Valtteri [Bottas] after the Virtual Safety Car and made up a place so it was frustrating to receive a penalty for weaving. I also want to say thank you to the team once again: everybody did a tremendous job to get the cars repaired this weekend. We will keep our heads up and dig deep to try to extract more from the car in the races to come."
My lack of race experience with this car did not help today.
"My lack of race experience with this car did not help today. I was pushing a little too hard and I lost the car on the kerbs at Turn Four and could not prevent the impact, which is very frustrating. Every lap in race conditions counts because this was my first time racing this car, so it is a shame not to have completed the race. We know that the car is challenging, but we are continuing to search for solutions to add more performance. Things did not go our way this week, but it is time to move on and I am confident that we can come back stronger at Imola."
Our strategy team reacted cleverly.
"We had a frustrating end to a weekend to forget. Sebastian had an accident on the exit of Turn Four, and was taken to the Medical Centre for precautionary checks, but I am glad to say he is OK. Our strategy team reacted cleverly to the lap-four Safety Car triggered by [Carlos] Sainz's lap-three shunt, pitting Lance twice in quick succession. He had started on the Hard, which we expected to be a better race tyre than the Medium, so we gave him just a single lap on the Medium before pitting him again to put him back on the Hard. At one point we hoped that that strategy might lift him to a points finish, but in the end it did not quite do that. From here we will go home to Silverstone where we will work hard to prepare for Imola, where we want and expect to have a better race than we have had here. Nonetheless, I am pleased that the famously passionate Melbourne fans have had a Grand Prix to enjoy at Albert Park for the first time in three years."
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Insight and Speed
Insight and Speed
Major layout changes including the widening of five corners and a new flat-out section in place of the former Turns Nine and 10 chicane mean that drivers and teams will have to get to grips with a new-look Albert Park. Finding the limit and evaluating car and strategy implications during practice will be a crucial task.
With only 11 passes after lap one in the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, overtaking has traditionally been challenging at Albert Park. With four DRS zones – more than any other 2022 circuit – and seemingly closer racing because of Formula One's new regulations, however, passing is expected to improve.
Due to low tyre degradation, the Australian Grand Prix has historically been a one-stop race but projected higher speeds, improved overtaking, potential increased tyre wear and a reduced pitstop time loss – caused by higher pitlane speed limits – could make a two-stop strategy more viable.
Unlocking the Lap
Unlocking the Lap
The traditional approach to a lap of the Albert Park Circuit goes out the window for 2022. Seven corners have been modified and two removed in a step that is expected to reduce qualifying lap times by as much as five seconds.
Looking over the new track map highlights two key areas to the lap, which will pack a punch and define a lap time: Turn Six and Turn 11.
Changes to Turn Six may look minor – the track has been widened by 7.5m – but it's the knock-on that matters. Drivers will carry more speed, as much as 60km/h (37mph), and reach 150km/h (93mph), setting up a high-speed blast all the way down to Turn 11 through a gradual S-bend where drivers could pull more than 4.5 lateral G.
At that end of that high-speed complex is Turn 11, which is now expected to be a major overtaking opportunity as drivers will approach at 330km/h (205mph) before slamming on the brakes for a quickfire left-right.
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