After starting from 12th, Lance Stroll fronted a double points finish for Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team at the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix by taking sixth. Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, recovered from a difficult opening lap at the Losail International Circuit to secure 10th.
Everything went perfectly and scoring eight points at the end of this triple-header is a very satisfying reward.
"The car felt very good today and I am very happy with our performance. I made up a couple of places on lap one and over the first stint it was clear that we had pace to perform well. I overtook [Yuki] Tsunoda on the Mediums and then, after catching the guys ahead, undercut [Carlos] Sainz to move into sixth after stopping for the Hards. Overall, everything went perfectly for us today and scoring eight points at the end of this triple-header is a very satisfying reward for all our hard work."
It is great to see both cars in the points today and there are many positives to take away.
"The start of the race proved very costly. We were basically at the back of the train after the first corner. We made a reasonable recovery from P17, but we lost the potential to score more points than we did. On the approach to Turn One, there were lots of cars around me and I was squeezed. I tried to go around the outside but the track was dirtier than I expected and I slid wide. It is frustrating because the car was quick, especially when we were in clean air, and that helped me recover to P10. So, after lap one, it was a strong race, a good recovery, but it hurts when you are on the back foot straight away. It is great to see both cars in the points today so there are many positives to take away from the weekend."
It is a great feeling for all of us to record our first double points finish since Paul Ricard in June.
"That was a complex race from a technical point of view, and I want to pay tribute to two brilliant drives, particularly by Lance, who managed tyre wear and pressure from the Ferraris superbly to finish sixth under intense racing throughout all 57 laps. He was the star of our race today. Sebastian was pushed wide at the start by [Valtteri] Bottas, and had to take to the artificial grass to avoid an accident, which dropped him back to P17, having started from a P10 grid slot. He drove hard and consistently well thereafter, ending up back in the points. Our tyre group and strategy team combined to do a fantastic job throughout, both here in Qatar and at Mission Control at the factory, and it is a great feeling for all of us to record our first double points finish since Paul Ricard in June."
Qatar Grand Prix
Guide to Qatar
Without historical data from past events, the Losail International Circuit poses a fresh challenge to the entire field – with the potential for some surprises. By examining recent data and car performance, our strategy engineers have predicted the key factors that could determine the result on Sunday, presented in partnership with Title Partner Cognizant.
Cognizant's Keys to the Race
The Qatar Grand Prix is the final race of the 2021 season for Pirelli's hardest tyre compound, the C1, which will be joined by the C2 and C3. With both qualifying and the race taking place after sunset, understanding tyre behaviour in cooler temperatures will be crucial.
Featuring one significant straight and one DRS zone, overtaking at the Losail International Circuit could be tricky. Positioned at the end of the DRS zone and with a heavy-braking entry, Turn One will be the best overtaking opportunity of the lap.
With plenty of smooth run-off, the Losail International Circuit will initially be forgiving to any driver who makes a mistake. However, that run-off is surrounded by gravel traps, so drivers who stray too far off-line risk getting beached.
From the one-kilometre start/finish straight to the medium- and high-speed sections of sectors two and three, finding a rhythm is crucial to maximising lap-time at the Losail International Circuit. Our Official Cyber Security Partner SentinelOne presents the key technical facts and stats behind a single lap of the track.
Unlocking the lap
A lap of the Losail International Circuit begins as drivers accelerate down the 1,068-metre start/finish straight with the throttle pinned and the DRS open.
Turn One marks the key overtaking opportunity of the lap as drivers decelerate hard to slow into the right-hander, briefly picking up the throttle on exit into the equally tight left-hander of Turn Two.
A slight right kink marks Turn Three before drivers reapply the brakes to navigate the double 90-degree right-hand corners of Turns Four and Five, which are succeeded by the tightest corner of the lap in the hairpin bend of Turn Six.
Unlocking the Lap
Turns Seven, Eight and Nine come in quick succession, requiring an agile car for the rapid changes in direction. Turn 10 leads into the fastest corners of the lap in the triple right sequence of Turns 12-14 – the high-speed nature of the track means passing around the back of the circuit will be tough.
Turn 15 marks the penultimate corner of the lap, leaving only Turn 16 to master. Like Bahrain, it requires a heavy stomp on the brakes and a clean exit, setting up a clean line to the finish as drivers prepare for another lap.
Formula One's first visit to Doha marks the start of a new era for motor racing in Qatar. Ahead of this landmark Grand Prix, Global Partner NetApp dives into the archives to bring you the best stats and facts from the Losail International Circuit.
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