Lance Stroll out of F1 2023 pre-season testing after bike crash

Formula 1 pre-season testing 2023 begins on Thursday in Bahrain

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Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll will not be involved in 2023 F1 pre-season testing after suffering an accident while training in Spain. 

The Formula 1 season is almost upon and all 10 teams will take part in testing at the Bahrain International Circuit from Thursday to Saturday. 

Stroll had an incident on his bike while training in Spain and the injuries sustained mean he can’t take part in the pre-season test.

“I’ve had an unfortunate accident whilst training on my bike in preparation for the season,” Stroll said in a statement released by Aston Martin.  

“I am determined to get back in the car and I am excited about the season ahead with the team. I am motivated to bounce back from this setback as quickly as possible.”

Stroll is expected to make a quick recovery and be back in time to take his seat for Aston Martin at the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Who will replace Lance Stroll?

Aston Martin are yet to confirm a replacement for Stroll, but with Stoffel Vandoorne and Felipe Drugovich the team’s reserve drivers, so it would be likely that one of the pair would take over from Stroll in pre-season testing. 

Currently, Vandoorne is with DS Penske in Formula E at the upcoming Cape Town E-Prix, so it it expected that Drugovich will get his chance to drive the 2023 Aston Martin F1 car in Bahrain. 

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