Stroll suffered an engine issue and fire in FP3 on Saturday, meaning the team had to revert to Mercedes old spec power unit, with the rest of the Mercedes powered cars using the upgraded Phase 2 unit.
On top of that, neither Stroll or teammate Sergio Perez managed to get into Q2 during qualifying. However, a quick opening lap propelled Stroll from his 17th place starting position and continued his charge up the field.
“I just put all my emotions on the table,” Stroll said. “It was just balls out. I loved every minute of it and I was fully committed from Lap 1 onward. There were some good overtakes like Giovinazzi and then Perez down at the hairpin.
“Finally completed the set with Sainz for P9. It was a great race and one that I am going to remember. A lot of the job was done on-track with the pace and passing aside from the start, that’s what I am really pleased about. We had to work for it and we got it done."
“To do it at home, it is always special," Stroll added. "Everything considering Saturday, with the engine blow up, it really put us on the backfoot with no running in FP3. We took a hit in terms of performance for qualifying and the race as well."