Lance Stroll, Aston Martin driver, qualified eighth for the Bahrain Grand Prix after he revealed that he broke a big toe and both of his wrists during a cycling accident two weeks ago. He commented that the last week had been “pretty insane” and said: “If someone had offered me a 1 percent chance to be here, I’d have taken it.” Despite the injuries, Stroll expressed gratitude for being able to race and said he was feeling better with every lap. He added that he was confident he would be in good shape for the race in a car that was enjoyable to drive. Stroll will begin the race alongside Lewis Hamilton, who is a seven-time world champion.
Lance Stroll suffered from significant injuries after being involved in a cycling accident. “I couldn’t move both hands, couldn’t walk. I had a broken big toe on the right foot as well. The light was very far at the end of the tunnel,” commented Stroll. Following the accident, Stroll missed three days of preseason testing and was seen struggling to get out of the car after Friday’s practice. Despite his injuries, Stroll was grateful for the opportunity to race and commented that he was feeling better with every lap.
Stroll’s teammate, Fernando Alonso, qualified fifth for the Bahrain Grand Prix, setting the pace in the second and third practice sessions. Alonso commented that he was impressed with Stroll’s effort, saying: “Impressive. Every lap I am in the garage congratulating him in every session, because it is not easy what he is doing. This weekend he’s showing a lot of things for everybody.” Despite having a broken toe, Stroll was confident that he would be able to race well and was taking over-the-counter painkillers.