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Bahrain test without a stroll after bicycle accident

Lance Stroll misses Formula 1 testing in Bahrain. The Canadian sustained injuries in a training accident with his bike, forcing him to take a break. It is not yet clear how long Stroll will be out.

It's an early setback for Aston Martin. Lance Stroll cannot take part in the Bahrain winter tests (February 23-25). This was explained by his racing team Aston Martin in a press release on Monday evening (February 20th). Accordingly, Stroll was involved in a "small accident" during training in Spain. The 24-year-old was on his bike.

"It was an unfortunate accident while I was training on the bike for the pre-season," Aston Martin quoted its driver as saying. "I'm keen to get back in the car as soon as possible. There's a lot of motivation to hit back as soon as possible." It is still unclear how badly Stroll was injured in the training accident and how long he will actually be out. There is also no further information as to what exactly happened in the accident. Aston Martin does not want to give any further details when asked.

Start of the season in danger for Stroll?

Officially, the Silverstone team only speaks vaguely of injuries that are forcing the Canadian to sit out testing. A speedy recovery is expected. Nevertheless, the start of the season (March 5) also seems to be shaking for Stroll. "It will be checked daily when he can return to the cockpit. The team will give an update before the Bahrain Grand Prix," says Aston Martin.

If Stroll were to drop out, it wouldn't be the first time in his career that he had to miss a race. In 2020, the 24-year-old was unable to take part in the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. At that time, Stroll tested positive for the corona virus. His new teammate Fernando Alonso also had to cope with a painful bicycle accident. The Spaniard was caught in preparation for the 2021 season. At that time, Alonso was still driving for Alpine. He fractured his jaw following a collision with a vehicle.

Aston Martin has made provisions for a possible loss of permanent staff. With Stoffel Vandoorne and Felipe Drugovich, the racing team from Silverstone has two drivers up its sleeve. There is still a question mark over the line-up for the three-day test drives. Alonso would certainly love to be in the car at every opportunity. On the other hand, Aston Martin should give the replacement candidates a chance to avoid having to jump in at the deep end on the race weekend. If Alonso had to share the test tasks, it would be a strong indication that Stroll is not recovering anytime soon.


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