Lance Stroll issues health update after bruising Singapore qualy crash

Michelle Foster
Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll crashed heavily in the final corner.

Lance Stroll is “feeling good” after his high-speed Singapore qualifying crash and is excited to get back into the car at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Stroll sat out last Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix after a bruising crash in qualifying destroyed his Aston Martin AMR23, the impact ferocious enough to rip off the front left wheel.

Although the Canadian was cleared in the medical centre of serious injury, battered and “still sore”, the driver and his team made the call to sit out the race.

Lance Stroll looking forward to being back in the car

He explained to The Race: “If I would’ve felt fine and really good, I would’ve raced. But I just didn’t really feel like it was the right thing to do and I think it would’ve delayed my recovery to coming here and feeling 100%.

“[The feeling was] just everywhere. I was fine, I was healthy to race, but I wasn’t physically feeling good enough to do Singapore, which is the hardest race of the year.

“I felt it creeping up on me on Saturday night and I knew it wasn’t going to be fun waking up on Sunday.”

He added: “I went through all the concussion protocols and did all my tests and stuff. They just [said], ‘See how you feel later in the night’ and all that stuff and then make a decision tomorrow.”

That decision was not to race given the driver was feeling the effects of his crash.

Stroll, though, is back in the paddock for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, the driver saying he feels good just five days after his crash.

“I’m feeling good and the boys did a great job rebuilding the car so excited for the weekend,” he told the official F1 website.

Last Saturday’s crash wasn’t Stroll’s first big moment of the year with the driver having broken his wrists and toe in a pre-season cycling accident.

The good news is his wrists are also “absolutely fine” now.

Stroll is now hoping to help Aston Martin recover from a difficult Singapore Grand Prix in which his team-mate Fernando Alonso called the car “undriveable” on his way to a P15 finish.

“It was a tough weekend but I’m looking forward to this weekend,” said the Canadian. “Great track, very different track to Singapore so we’ll see how we go.

“If you ask me it’s the best track in the world, so I always enjoy coming back.”

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As for Alonso, he said he is “cautiously” optimistic about Aston Martin’s chances at the Suzuka circuit on a weekend in which the weather could play a role.

“Hopefully we have got rid of all our bad luck in Singapore, and we will look to bounce back and be better in Japan,” he said.

“We are going into this weekend cautiously. Let’s see where we are come Saturday. The weather also is unpredictable at this time of year and that can throw up some chaotic races.

“We will be prepared for anything.”

He added: “We want to bounce back with some strong points finishes after two difficult weekends in Monza and Singapore. We are seeing the competitive order change from race to race more so than ever before.

“We will keep fighting. There are seven races left on various different circuits with lots of points available.”

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