SPAIN: Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll will miss the upcoming F1 2023 pre-season test in Bahrain after sustaining injuries in a biking accident while training.
The incident, which occurred in Spain, is expected to be a minor setback, but the recovery time is longer than the three days until the test, leaving Stroll on the back foot as the season opener approaches.
Lance Stroll will now face a formidable challenge when he goes up against his new teammate, Fernando Alonso, a two-time F1 world champion.
The accident is a significant blow for the young driver, as the pre-season test is the only chance for teams to get their cars race-ready and for drivers to get accustomed to their vehicles.
Lance Stroll has expressed his disappointment at not being able to participate in the pre-season test but remains optimistic about his recovery and is determined to bounce back from this setback as quickly as possible.
The accident also brings to mind Alonso’s previous cycling accident that occurred before the 2021 Formula 1 season.
In that incident, the driver broke his jaw and needed surgery, leaving him out of action for several weeks. It was only in 2022 that Alonso could have a “normal” preseason preparation.
The incident has raised concerns about the safety of athletes training in their free time.
Lance Stroll is not the first F1 driver to have had an accident while training, and with the high speeds and risks involved in motorsports, staying fit and healthy is a crucial part of a driver’s preparation.
The incident also highlights the importance of team preparations and the need for backup plans.
With the F1 2023 season opener set to take place in Bahrain in March, Lance Stroll will have to work hard to regain his form and recover to full fitness to compete at the highest level.
The accident reminds all athletes that safety should always come first and that they must take all necessary precautions to prevent injuries while training.
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