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Stroll “looking after his limbs” following off-season injury last year

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In the round-up: Lance Stroll says he has taken extra care to avoid repeating the injury which kept him out of pre-season testing last year.

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Stroll avoided any “funny business” over winter

The Aston Martin driver missed the sole pre-season test in Bahrain last year after suffering broken hands in a cycling accident. But Stroll says he’s been playing it safer this winter.

“I’m allowed to go running,” he told media including RaceFans. “Actually, no one’s told me this, but I think we live and we learn every day. So I’m running, I’m watching my step while I run. No ankle twisting, none of that funny business, just running in a straight stride and looking after my limbs. I want to get to Bahrain testing this year so that’s the game plan.”

However he admitted he hasn’t cut out risky activities entirely. “I spent a bit of time in western Canada, did a bit of skiing, which is always fun and a lot of training as well,” he said. “A lot of time reflecting on last season and thinking about how I can come back as a stronger, better athlete and driver this season.”

Maloney quickest in first dry day of F2 test

Sauber junior driver Zane Maloney set the fastest lap of the second day of running at the Formula 2 pre-season test in Bahrain, a tenth faster than DAMS and newly-announced Aston Martin junior Jak Crawford.

Maloney’s best time of 1’41.501 for Rodin put him on top as drivers got to grips with the new F2 car in dry conditions for the first time. Enzo Fittipaldi was third fastest for Van Amersfoort, with Isack Hadjar fourth for Campos.

The third and final day of running takes place today before the season begins at the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.

Drive to Survive season six teaser

Netflix have unveiled the teaser trailer for the sixth season of their popular F1 documentary series Drive to Survive.

Focusing on the events of the 2023 season, the teaser features some of the storylines which will appear in the show, which will be released to the public on Friday 23rd February.

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Comment of the day

After Fernando Alonso did not shut down the possibility of potentially moving from Aston Martin to Mercedes next season, AdrianMorse sees flashes of Alonso from the past…

Usually drivers are quite coy about talking with other teams, so this feels like an open application to next year’s Mercedes seat. Of course, Fernando might want to see if the 2024 Mercedes is not a complete dog, and whether indeed he wants to continue racing, but who is he kidding with this Aston Martin first-priority talk?

Alonso is a political animal enough to say all the right things regarding his current employer, but it does not sound very different to his Renault days, where there was talk of becoming more involved in the team and the project. And then he left quite abruptly – and correctly, as it turned out.

The 2025 season might be one last hurrah for Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari, and, as a consequence, one last hurrah for Alonso at Mercedes, with both drivers hoping to add one final title to their tally. They will face tough competition from their team mates, though!
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11 comments on “Stroll “looking after his limbs” following off-season injury last year”

  1. Woah, wait, woah, wait, wait… Hold up… Stroll’s racked up $1.4 billion debt with Aston Martin?

    I mean, they’ve been advertising the investment they’ve been making… But over a billion dollars? Am I just getting old but is the economy just expanding seemingly at an exponential rate? It feels like every decade that passes the numbers are going up by a factor of 10.

    Will it be required to invest 10’s of billions come 2030 and hundreds of billions in 2040 to be successful in F1? At some point one will be forced to asked, are there not better pursuits?

    1. This isn’t just about the F1 team. Aston Martin had significant debts long before Stroll’s group purchased it.

    2. @skipgamer In my professional experience when billionaire businessmen say they are investing in businesses, 99.999% of the time the funds being injected are debt. The super rich don’t get super rich by spending their own money. The only cash which they handle is the dividend they take out each year…

      1. Hmmm yeah, I had to go looking at AM financials. I guess I was attributing too much of Stroll’s project with AM to the F1 team… Still not sure what part of that is going to it, but whatever it is, it seems to be working given their figures, at least from my understanding of it.

      2. Good point @geemac. It probably means that the AM organisation will see another 1.4 billion added to their already big debt pile. They badly need to build some profitable cars and sell them there, but then, that has been AM’s long standing main issue for a decade or 2 now.

      3. In my professional experience when billionaire businessmen say they are investing in businesses, 99.999% of the time the funds being injected are debt.

        That’s only partly and indirectly true.
        Any smart investor looks at leveraging their money, and thus try to get some financing involved as well. Even the mere mortals do this when they go to the bank for a mortgage to buy a home.
        But in 99.999% of the cases the investor has some skin the game as well.
        In this case Stroll (via an investment vehicle) invested a couple hundred millions of his/their money in AML. The debt was already largely there when they first invested (close to a Billion GBP). And since then there has been some serious Equity raising of AML (by him and others).
        But as losses also mounted over the past years (a Billion GBP over 3 years), which extra Equity couldn’t cover, and and additional Debt was needed.
        Overall Financially AML doesn’t look any healthier today than it looked when Stroll stepped in initially (share price is further down). And it wouldn’t even surprise me if he sells out soon and taking some losses.

        The F1 team is a totally different story though: significant value appreciation, though mostly due to riding the wave of F1 overall.

        1. Yeah, even a savvy guy like Stroll isn’t going to get people to invest big money if they all see he’s staying far away from it. They might like his leadership, and see potential, but not that much that they trust him on a venture he isn’t willing to get involved in himself.

          significant value appreciation

          They say that, but none of them are selling shares nor the teams themselves. The growth of F1 popularity is a nice pitch to sponsors and might increase the value of the ‘car as a billboard’, but as far as the value of the teams themselves is concerned it’s been a lot of posturing and bold claims but very little actual proof.

          1. (value appreciation) but very little actual proof

            AM and Alpine (and I believe McLaren) had equity investments over the past 12 months. From memory all of them came in at about (or above) $1B value.
            And I believe that is ‘Market Cap’ (i.e. value of the Equity) rather than ‘Enterprise Value’ (including the net Debt).

            I guess that most team owners believe there is more appreciation to come.
            $1B is a lot of money, but still below each single of the 32 NFL teams and most Premier League teams.
            Entertainment like Music and Sports are attracting a lot of investment.

    3. To be clear, that debt is owned by Aston Martin (the publicly traded car manufacturer whose Executive Chairman is Lawrence Stroll), not Aston Martin F1 Team (which is owned by AMR GP, which is substantially owned by Lawrence Stroll).

      It shocks me far less that a medium luxury car companies with Aston Martin’s recent history is up to its eyeballs in debt.

  2. The word ‘logo’ apparently doesn’t have a (fitting) Chinese equivalent.

  3. “It’s red as expected!”

    Here’s an idea for the Ferrari marketing department, if they haven’t thought of it already. 2024 will mark the 60th anniversary of John Surtees clinching his F1 title — remarkable, as readers here will know, not only for his becoming the first and only world champion on two wheels and four, but also for the fact that he was driving a blue Ferrari. This was when, in the midst of a feud with the ACI over the FIA’s refusal to homologate the 250 LM, Enzo Ferrari had temporarily sworn off competing as an Italian team and instead entered his cars under the US-flagged North American Racing Team in blue-and-white for the last two races of 1964 at Watkins Glen and Mexico City.

    How about honoring the Surtees family’s legacy in motorsport and reliving a bit of history by running a blue alternate livery for the US and Mexican Grands Prix? A blue Ferrari would be a sensation, and some of the mockups floating around the internet look lovely.

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