Stoffel Vandoorne makes admission about Lance Stroll injury

Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll will miss the 223 Bahrain Grand Prix, according to reports.

Pre-season testing in Bahrain was generally a success on the track for Aston Martin, with the AMR23 looking like a much more competitive car that what the team produced last season.

The team’s preparations did not go entirely to plan however, as Lance Stroll was unable to play any part in testing after picking up an arm injury prior to testing while out training on his bicycle in Span.

The rumours have suggested that the Canadian driver has broken both of his wrists and while Stroll is doing everything he possibly can to recover in time for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Aston Martin may be forced to look for a substitute driver.

Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich took part in Aston Martin’s Bahrain tests in Stroll’s place, with the Brazilian also reportedly the favourite to stand in during the season opener if needed.

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The team initially wanted to call upon the services of Former F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne during testing but the Belgian driver was unavailable due to his Formula E commitments in Cape Town.

Despite being the more experienced driver, Vandoorne expects Drugovich to be the driver on standby in Bahrain, due to his time in the AMR23.

“It’s a very difficult scenario for me,” said the Belgian.

“If Lance isn’t available, I wouldn’t be surprised if Felipe did the race. 

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“It’s a bit frustrating for me, but on the other hand, I understand. He will have done all the tests. He will have the best preparation.”

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Stroll has reportedly visited an arm and wrist specialist following his injury who has a track record of helping MotoGP riders to miraculous recoveries.

While both Aston Martin and Stroll continue to stay silent on the Canadian’s situation, the 24-year-old is set to test his wrist strength on the simulator before the team make a decision on the Bahrain Grand Prix.

An official statement from Aston Martin is expected in the near future, with Stroll not expected to recover in time for the season opener.