Aston Martin boss praises Vettel for following team orders as Stroll was ‘released’

Lance Stroll's late surge in Montreal helped him score a point at his home race last weekend.

Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack praised a fine team effort from the British side after Lance Stroll took a point from his home Canadian Grand Prix.

Both Aston Martins started the race in the bottom five after a confusingly poor qualifying session having looked strong during practice, and it looked as though it may be another frustrating day with no points on offer.

They were given a lifeline late on when AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda found the wall and brought out the Safety Car, and Stroll has just recently pitted for fresh tyres.

That stop had put him just behind Vettel, who was on significantly older rubber having made his final stop on lap 19, so the German stepped aside and let the 23-year-old go.

Stroll went on to pass McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo for the final point, so Krack praised a solid performance from both his drivers on Sunday.

“On paper, tenth position for Lance feels like scant reward for a long, hard weekend and a race that was tricky to manage from start to finish,” he said in the team’s race review.  

“But that point does not tell the whole story: Lance drove patiently, managing an extremely long first stint on the Hard tyre to keep a train of cars behind him. 

“He was unleashed at the end and deserved that final point – helped in part by Sebastian, who graciously moved aside to let him attack Daniel.

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“Sebastian also drove a fine, measured race, starting towards the back stacks things against you, and his strategy was not helped by the pair of VSCs in the early laps, but, ultimately, I think we worked well as a team today.

“We got the best out of a tricky set of strategic options, executed some solid pit-stops and we go home encouraged by the burgeoning pace of our car.”

Aston Martin head to the British Grand Prix buoyed by home comforts, as they are based a stone’s throw away from the Silverstone Circuit.

They will be aiming to add more points to their tally having climbed above Haas for eighth in the Constructors’ Standings with Stroll’s P10 in Montreal.