Lance Stroll will return to participate in the first race weekend of the new Formula 1 season, his Aston Martin team have confirmed.Bahrain International Circuit last week.
Aston Martin previously announced reserve driver Felipe Drugovich had been selected to take Stroll’s place if he was unable to drive. Drugovich, the reigning Formula 2 champion, prepared to make his F1 debut this weekend by spending two half-days in the team’s new AMR23 chassis in testing last week.
However following what he called “minor surgery” on his wrist, Stroll has taken the decision to race in Bahrain this weekend.
“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,” he said in a statement issued by the team. “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.”
He described the “unfortunate accident” which led to his injury. “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,” he said. “Since then, I’ve been working hard with my team to ensure that I am fully fit to compete this weekend.”
Stroll said he thanked “the F1 community for their support and privacy, as well as the team who have helped my recovery.
“Now I’m ready to get my head down and concentrate on racing this weekend – something I’m really looking forward to.”
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and
2023 F1 season
- Perez targets qualifying gains in 2024 as “Sunday form has been very, very strong”
- “It should not happen”: Gasly wants explanation for Ocon’s strategy advantage
- Red Bull’s race advantage ‘the major thing we’ll see different next year’ – Domenicali
- Ocon leads O’Ward in post-season test as Russell crashes
- Paddock Diary: 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix