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Viva Las Vegas

"We had a good first lap, a good strategy and great recovery,"

Lance Stroll earned his third top five race finish of the year at last Sunday’s penultimate grand prix under lights in Las Vegas, earning 10 points for Aston Martin.

What was most remarkable about that result was that the Jewish-American driver had started from 19th spot on the grid, after copping a five-place penalty for overtaking under yellow flags during a practice session.

With a mindset to overtake with pace and calculated risks, Stroll edged Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz by a fraction of a second to seal fifth, and trailed race winner and championship leader Max Verstappen of Red Bull by only 20.067 seconds.

Stroll said he had good pace throughout, he loved the Las Vegas track, and was pleased to put on a good show for the fans.

“We had a good first lap, a good strategy and great recovery,” Stroll said.

“I gained 10 positions in the first corner, with a lot of other drivers going wide, so it immediately felt like it was all to play for.

“From that point, we were on the front foot and attacking.”

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