After a slow start to life with Aston Martin, Sebastian Vettel has put in a stellar drive to finish fifth in Monaco – the four-time World Champions best result with his new team.
In a fantastic day for the team, Lance Stroll finished eighth to secure the first ever double-points finish for Aston Martin in the fight for the Constructor’s Championship.
Sebastian Vettel Capitalises On Top Strategy Call
A perfect strategy call saw Sebastian Vettel run longer than the cars in front of him, allowing him to push harder and complete an overcut that saw him move from eighth to fifth.
“I am happy with fifth place today and it is great for the team to have both cars inside the points. This result is down to great decision-making on the pit wall and having good pace in the car when it mattered. I knew that the two laps before my pit stop would be crucial to our race, and I was able to put in some good lap times on tyres that were past their best, and that made the difference [gaining two places by the overcut]. It was very tight when I came out of the pit lane because I knew [Pierre] Gasly was very close. It is not easy racing wheel-to-wheel up the hill to Casino Square, but we won the drag race, and he had to back out of it. Street circuits can always throw up the unexpected, and we rose to the challenge today,” said Vettel.
Lance Stroll Makes Ground
Lance Stroll started in 13th and looked set for a long afternoon in Monaco, however, he was also able to execute an overcut and move up five positions to finish in eighth place.
“Both cars scoring points in Monaco is a good day for the team. We executed a great strategy and picked up some deserved points for our hard work. It was not easy to race on the hard tyre in the first stint, especially at the start, but I was able to launch well off the line. That gave us a platform for the rest of the race, which came to life late in the stint as we pushed to make the overcut viable or be ready in case the Safety Car came out. We gained three places through the overcut in the end and had strong pace to the end, too. We are still learning every race and we can be proud of the job we did today. We will work hard to keep up this momentum in Baku,” added Stroll.