Singapore ended up being a testing weekend for the Aston Martin F1 Team; it will serve as a catalyst to rebound and rebuild as they take on the final seven races of the season.
Lance did not participate in the Grand Prix after his Qualifying crash, with his attention set on preparing to race in Japan.
Fernando’s unyielding efforts to score points were dashed by a five-second penalty for crossing the white line on pit entry, after which he fell to 17th and finished 15th at the chequered flag
It was an extremely tough evening: everything that could go wrong did go wrong for us. It’s better that it happened all in one hit – and let’s not forget it’s actually our first non-scoring race of the entire season. We came here with pretty high hopes, but Singapore is quite a unique event – race pace is really dictated by the temperature of the tyres – and maybe we went a little bit too hard. There are a lot of things we need to investigate from this weekend – there’s plenty to take away and improve. We need to get better.
Let’s forget about this weekend and focus on the next one in Suzuka.
Lance Stroll did not participate in the Grand Prix after his Qualifying crash.
Mike Krack, Team Principal:
It has been a really tough couple of days for the team in Singapore. We only raced one car today, and we look forward to seeing Lance back with us in Japan. Fernando’s race came undone during the Virtual Safety Car when the rear jack did not engage properly during the pitstop. We need to analyse exactly what happened. Even without this issue, scoring points would have been difficult today. We will move on and learn from these difficult days. There is a lot of work ahead of us: we must understand where we can find more performance. There is still a long way to go this season – seven more races with plenty of opportunities and points available. A final word of recognition to the crews here in Singapore, especially the mechanics, who worked long hours in challenging conditions all week. Thank you to everyone.