The current season of Formula 1 is currently in a hiatus, however, this does not imply that all individuals associated with the sport are on vacation. In the most recent installment of the F1 Nation podcast, host Tom Clarkson, along with guests Natalie Pinkham and Damon Hill, delve into intriguing details from the 12 races of the season. One unexpected disclosure is that Lance Stroll has surpassed Max Verstappen in terms of velocity on a single occasion.
In the podcast, Clarkson inquires about the driver who achieved the highest speed in a speed trap this season. Pinkham and Hill make incorrect guesses, but Clarkson discloses that it was Lance Stroll in Miami, who reached a remarkable speed of 348 kph (216 mph). Pinkham and Hill both express their astonishment at this outcome.
Although being quick in a speed trap does not ensure success, it does showcase Aston Martin’s remarkable performance this season. Nevertheless, Stroll must take advantage of the car’s potential and enhance his own abilities. Aston Martin’s triumph over Red Bull is not confined to this particular situation, as they have also formed a partnership with Honda starting in 2026, which has left Verstappen and the Red Bull team feeling disappointed.
Verstappen expresses his regret over losing Honda to Aston Martin, as Red Bull had invested in setting up its own engine division after Honda initially announced their departure from the sport. With Red Bull now using their own power trains and partnering with Ford, there is no chance of a turnaround. It remains to be seen how Aston Martin will perform with a Honda engine in the future.
Despite claims that Verstappen possesses exceptional speed, Stroll has demonstrated superior performance on a single occasion, underscoring Aston Martin’s impressive showing this season.