Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll head into Sunday’s British Grand Prix with different odds of achieving a good result after the Aston Martin pair’s contrasting performances in Sprint Qualifying.
Vettel gained two positions from his initial spot on the grid to finish the Saturday afternoon event P8. The German entertained the fans with a spirited battle with fellow F1 veteran Fernando Alonso who had enjoyed a blistering opening lap.
Vettel had hoped that the Alpine charger’s soft tyre choice would play in his favour, but despite the heavy degradation the Spaniard managed to fend off his rival all the way to the checkered flag.
“I have enjoyed this unusual weekend format so far,” said Vettel after Sprint Qualifying.
“It was interesting to have the intense moment yesterday evening followed by the Sprint today, which can go either way.
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“For us, it went well and we gained some places for the race tomorrow, and some others lost ground. Fernando made up a lot of places on lap one – starting on the Soft tyres – and I thought he would struggle more in the final laps.
“I was close behind him, but could not make the move to overtake. This result puts us in a decent starting position for tomorrow, which will be a very different race with the strategy options.”
Vettel’s Aston teammate Lance Stroll will have his work cut out for him in Sunday’s race which he will start from a lowly P14.
The Canadian gained just one position in the 30-minute sprint after suffering from poor rear grip, but the 22-year-old was hopeful of improving his form in what he believes will be a “long race”.