Aston Martin has confirmed Lance Stroll will take part in this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix after recovering from the injuries he sustained in a bike accident.
Stroll was ruled out of pre-season testing after reports emerged that he had suffered an accident while training on his bike in Switzerland.
Details of the incident were initially not communicated in public but Aston Martin acted quickly by drafting in reserve driver Felipe Drugovich to drive the car over the three-day test in Bahrain.
Aston Martin revealed last week that Drugovich would stand in as Stroll’s replacement if the Canadian could not race, but that it was doing everything to give Stroll the chance to get back in the car.
But on Thursday ahead of the opening race of the season, Aston Martin announced Stroll would participate in the Bahrain GP.
In a statement issued on the team’s website, Stroll opened up on the incident that left him requiring minor surgery on his right wrist.
“It was frustrating not to be out in Bahrain for the pre-season test and I was disappointed to miss the three days of running,” said Stroll.
“However, given the injury to my wrist, the team and I felt it was best to focus on recovery so that I would be ready for this weekend and the long season ahead.
“It was an unfortunate accident – I fell from my bike when my tyre caught a hole in the ground – but thankfully the damage was not significant and a successful minor surgery on my right wrist fixed the problem very quickly.
“Since then, I’ve been working hard with my team to ensure that I am fully fit to compete this weekend.
“I would like to thank the F1 community for their support and privacy, as well as the team who have helped my recovery. Now I’m ready to get my head down and concentrate on racing this weekend – something I’m really looking forward to.”
Aston Martin also confirmed Drugovich and its other reserve Stoffel Vandoorne would remain on-site this weekend.