Lance Stroll delivers crucial health update amidst Fernando Alonso domination

Henry Valantine
Lance Stroll with Fernando Alonso at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix.

Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso smiling.

Lance Stroll has confirmed his fitness is now back to “100%” after starting the season with multiple injuries after a cycling accident.

The Aston Martin driver was a doubt for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix after the accident, with the extent of his injuries not known until he took to Instagram after the race to confirm he had suffered fractures in both wrists, a partial fracture in his left hand and a fracture in his big toe on his right foot.

He received widespread plaudits for the sixth place finish he took at the curtain raiser in Sakhir for fighting through the pain barrier, though since then he has largely been out-performed by team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Lance Stroll fighting fit again after early-season injuries

Stroll heads into the Austrian Grand Prix weekend lagging behind Alonso in the standings with 37 points compared to 117 for his two-time World Champion team-mate, having beaten him in qualifying and the race just the once so far this season in Barcelona.

This has led to pressure on him to perform to a more level standard, with father and team owner Lawrence Stroll confirming he aims to see the two drivers competing on an equal playing field by the end of the season, believing Stroll Jr will be able to do so.

After starting the year on the back foot with his injuries, Stroll confirmed he is now over the worst of the pain he was suffering.

“Yeah, I’m feeling good, thanks for asking. I’m back to 100%,” he told F1 TV’s Lawrence Barretto in Austria.

“Yeah, for sure,” he then added when asked if his training regime is back to normal. “Got back into shape and feeling good.”

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Aston Martin brought significant updates with them to the Canadian Grand Prix last time out that saw them seemingly right back in the hunt to be ‘best of the rest’ behind Red Bull once again, with Alonso taking second place behind Max Verstappen.

Stroll came across the line ninth at his home race after a tough qualifying session in wet conditions, but he is ready for the challenges that the Red Bull Ring presents in Austria and is confident in the speed the AMR23 has.

“We have a fast race car and we saw again in Canada our race pace was really good,” he said. “And just all throughout the whole season, I think we’ve been competitive on all different kinds of tracks, low speed, high speed. So yeah, looking forward to this weekend.

“[Austria] is one I look forward to on the calendar. Very high speed, it’s got a nice flow to it. You know, a lot of change in elevation, which is cool – it’s always a cool sensation in the car.

“And the weather looks like it could be interesting this week, which could make it exciting.”

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