Otmar Szafnauer says the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team will be doing their homework overnight to give both Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel the chance to score points in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Stroll made it through to the top ten shootout, although the Canadian had both of his laps times deleted in Q3 due to track limit offences. Team-mate Vettel will start thirteenth after losing time in his final lap in Q2.
Szafnauer, the Team Principal and CEO of Aston Martin, says it was a solid Qualifying performance by the team at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, and if they can show an improved performance in race conditions on Sunday as they did three weeks ago in the Bahrain Grand Prix, they can be confident of breaking into the points with both drivers.
“A solid afternoon where both drivers were pushing hard,” said Szafnauer. “Lance’s best effort was discounted for a breach of track limits, but he progressed to Q3 once again and is well placed to score points tomorrow.
“We saw in Bahrain that we were more competitive in the race compared to qualifying and I anticipate the same here. Lance should be able to race the cars ahead of him, just as he did in Bahrain. Our race pace should also help us bring Sebastian into contention for points.
“We will do our homework tonight to be fully prepared for tomorrow with plenty of strategy options.”