Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll is not in attendance at Zandvoort for Thursday’s media day ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix.
The Canadian driver is set to miss out on a day of preparation ahead of Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix, with Aston Martin confirming their driver will not be in attendance at the circuit on Thursday.
The day, used for media obligations as well as track walks and initial meetings with engineers and team members, is usually a good preparation for drivers to ease their way into the weekend before the track action begins on Friday morning.
Lance Stroll not in doubt for Dutch Grand Prix
Just ahead of the media obligations for the day getting underway, Aston Martin released a short statement to confirm Stroll’s summer break will go on for another day, due to illness.
“Lance is recovering from an infection and will therefore miss media duties today,” read the statement.
But any question marks over Stroll’s ability to take part in the Grand Prix weekend were quickly dispelled by the team.
“He is fit and well and will compete at this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix,” confirmed a spokesperson for Aston Martin.
Having had almost four weeks away from the cockpit of his AMR23, Stroll’s preparation will now be a little more rushed than perhaps he might have liked once he arrives at the circuit on Friday morning.
However, the Canadian has proven even this season that having a disturbed preparation is of little concern to him. Following a pre-season cycling crash that resulted in fractured wrists and required surgery that forced him to miss pre-season testing, Stroll showed up for the first race of the year in Bahrain and promptly raced to sixth place.