Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll has been ruled out of pre-season testing after being involved in a “minor accident” while cycling.
The Canadian driver was in Spain as part of his pre-season training programme and has sustained injuries meaning he is not fit to drive the AMR23 this weekend.
His team hope he will be able to make a full recovery and return to the cockpit ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix season opener.
Stroll said in the statement: “I’ve had an unfortunate accident whilst training on my bike in preparation for the season. 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.”
There has been no confirmation as of yet if anyone will replace Stroll for the pre-season test in Bahrain. Just this morning the team confirmed that their reserve drivers, Felipe Drugovich and Stoffel Vandoorne are able to race for McLaren if required. However, one or both drivers may now need to put on the green suit this weekend to partner Fernando Alonso, with team’s only running one car each day.