In a shocking turn of events, Aston Martin’s Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll has been forced to withdraw from the Bahrain pre-season test prior to the 2023 season. The team, headed by Stroll’s very own father Lawrence as its executive chairman, revealed that the driver was involved in a bike accident while training in Spain. The severity of the mishap has left Stroll with no choice but to sit out of the upcoming testing event.
Although the team expressed optimism regarding his swift recovery and return to his driving duties, Stroll’s absence has left a significant gap in the team’s plans. With the Bahrain test consisting of three days of single-car running for each team, Stroll was poised to add another day and a half of mileage to his record with the brand new Aston Martin AMR23. However, given the circumstances, the team has yet to disclose how it will allocate the driving duties.
With the season opener quickly approaching in Bahrain, scheduled to take place between March 3-5, it remains uncertain whether Stroll will be fit to participate. Aston Martin has promised to issue an update on his fitness status ahead of the opener. In the meantime, Stroll’s absence has raised speculation on who could potentially fill in for the talented driver. The team could turn to new signing Fernando Alonso, who has previously pledged to help Stroll become a future F1 champion, or turn to reserve drivers Felipe Drugovich and Stoffel Vandoorne, with the latter being away for Formula E in Cape Town this weekend. Aston Martin is undoubtedly facing a tough decision with significant implications for the upcoming season.