Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll says he has no concerns over his ability to race this weekend while recovering from surgery on a wrist injury.
He completed both practice sessions – his first representative laps in the AMR23 – covering a total of 45 laps. However Stroll appeared to have difficulty turning his steering wheel through the opening corners of the circuit from onboard footage.
At one stage Stroll’s race engineer Ben Michell asked him to change his line through the tight switchback corners at the start of the lap, which require a rapid change of direction on the steering wheel. “I can’t man, I can’t, with the hands,” Stroll told him.
At the end of the session Stroll appeared to require assistance from the team’s crew to lift him from the cockpit of his car. Despite this, Stroll insists he is comfortable in the car and has no concerns over his ability to race.
“I’m feeling alright,” Stroll said after Friday’s second practice session. “A little stiff, but it was overall okay in the car today.”
Asked about him appearing to nurse his hands through corners, Stroll explained he was “just protecting” his injured wrist.
“It feels a little more comfortable,” Stroll insisted. “So I feel like I can definitely drive, no problem.”
Aston Martin enjoyed a promising start to the season, with Stroll’s new team mate Fernando Alonso going fastest of all ahead of Red Bull. Stroll set the sixth-fastest time, just over half a second behind his team mate. He described his team’s performance as “incredible.”
“It’s looking amazing and it’s feeling great in the car, too,” Stroll said. “So really a top job from everyone.”
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