The return of Aston Martin F1 driver Lance Stroll for the Bahrain Grand Prix is uncertain after he sustained injuries in a bike accident prior to pre-season testing in Bahrain. Mike Krack, the team boss, confirmed that Stroll injured his hand and wrist while training.
Krack stated that the decision to wait for Stroll’s return is a precautionary measure.
“He had a minor incident while training and sustained some injuries, so for precautionary reasons, we decided it’s better to wait a bit and have him ready for next week.”
However, Krack refused to disclose the extent of the injuries, citing privacy concerns.
“It’s his personal matter, and I don’t want to go into detail. He injured his wrist and hand, and that’s all I can say.”
Krack did not confirm whether Stroll would participate in the Bahrain Grand Prix, stating, “We’ll keep you informed.”
Stroll’s place was filled by Felipe Drugovich during the first day of on-track action in Bahrain. It is uncertain whether Drugovich will drive on Friday and Saturday or if Fernando Alonso will take over.
Krack also stated that the team has yet to decide on the next few days. Drugovich is a potential replacement for Stroll if his absence extends to the season opener, with Stoffel Vandoorne, the team’s reserve driver, being another option.
Aston Martin experienced issues with their car’s electrics, causing difficulties during their preparations for the 2023 season.
The team hopes for Stroll’s swift recovery, recognizing his importance to the team. Regardless, they have faith in their reserve drivers’ abilities to fill in if needed.