After the Miami Grand Prix, frustration reigned among the Aston Martin F1 team last Sunday. At the Miami International Autodrome, the team remained scoreless after the P11 finish of Lance Stroll and the retirement of Sebastian Vettel.
The German sustained too much damage to continue driving after an incident with fellow countryman and Haas driver Mick Schumacher. Stroll also suffered from a contact on the track, the Canadian experienced a touché with Kevin Magnussen.
Lance Stroll: “All in all, a frustrating afternoon. It was a shame to start from the pit lane, but once the race started we showed a reasonable pace today. It was quite difficult to overtake off-line, but we made good decisions and put ourselves in a position to finish in the top 10 by pitting under the Safety Car. I think there could have been points on the table, but a bad restart and contact with Kevin [Magnussen] prevented that.”
Sebastian Vettel: “It’s a shame that this weekend has ended like this and we should have done better. We had a fuel temperature problem before the race, which meant we had to start from the pit lane. I was stuck in traffic for most of the race, it was quite difficult to overtake and the DRS was not that effective. When the Safety Car was deployed, we were in the top 10, but Mick [Schumacher] and I were in contact, which cost us both points.”
Mike Krack – Team Principal: “Today was a frustrating day. First, we had a fuel temperature issue that delayed the release of our cars from the garage, causing both our drivers to start the race from the pit lane. They made good progress early on hard tires and we were able to bring them in for Mediums during the Safety Car deployment caused by the shunt on lap 41 of [Lando] Norris. Sebastian then ran in 11th place on new Mediums, just behind [Esteban] Ocon on older Softs and [Mick] Schumacher on older Hards. On his fresh Mediums, Sebastian made good use of that tire advantage to displace them both, and was then in ninth place, earning some valuable points for the world championship. Unfortunately, it all ended for Seb through no fault of his own, as a result of meeting an over-ambitious Schumacher. Likewise, in the closing stages, Lance had a foul on [Kevin] Magnussen, who was given a penalty for causing a collision, leaving Lance in 11th place. In summary, the Miami Grand Prix in 2022 was a disappointing race for us, but it is a great addition to the Formula 1 calendar and we hope the spectators here have all had an enjoyable day.”