Aston Martin F1 team driver Lance Stroll is set to make an appearance in the upcoming Bahrain GP to kick off the 2023 F1 season. Stoll was set to miss the race at Sakhir Circuit after failing to recover from his preseason cycling accident in Spain. Aston Martin had confirmed that reserve driver Felipe Drugovich was set to replace the Canadian before announcing Stroll’s return.
But on Thursday, Aston Martin confirmed that Stroll will be coming back to the team. The former Ferrari academy driver spoke about his return and stated that he has fully recovered from his accident after ‘a successful minor surgery’. Stroll also revealed he was extremely frustrated to miss the first three days in Bahrain and is now 100% ready for the season.
“It was frustrating not to be out in Bahrain for the pre-season test and I was disappointed to miss the three days of running,” said Stroll. “However, given the injury to my wrist, the team and I felt it was best to focus on recovery so that I would be ready for this weekend and the long season ahead.”
“It was an unfortunate accident – I fell from my bike when my tyre caught a hole in the ground – but thankfully the damage was not significant and a successful minor surgery on my right wrist fixed the problem very quickly. Since then, I've been working hard with my team to ensure that I am fully fit to compete this weekend.”
Aston Martin with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Drugovich managed to put on a good performance in the pre-season testing. The new AMR23 has been showing some serious pace which helps the team make a push for the top of the midfield with the likes of Mclaren struggling.
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