In an unfortunate twist of events, Aston Martin has announced that it will be pulling its driver, Lance Stroll, from the hotly anticipated Singapore Grand Prix slated for Sunday. The decision came about as a direct result of a major accident during Saturday’s qualifier in which Stroll was involved.
The Canadian driver careened off the race track in the 150 mph mark at the final corner, hitting the barriers in his wake at a tremendous impact. As such, the force completely wrecked his car, littering the entirety of the race track with debris from the crashed vehicle. Consequently, the mangled barriers required roughly 30 minutes worth of repairs.
While Stroll managed to emerge unscathed as he walked away from the crash site, it wasn’t until the evening that the on-site medical team could clear him of any potential injuries. However, in the interest of safety, Aston Martin and Stroll made the mutual decision on Sunday afternoon that he wouldn’t return for the evening race.
In an official statement released by Aston Martin, it was cited, “The team face a huge job repairing the car today and Lance is still sore following such a high impact. Lance’s focus now shifts to fully recovering ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.”
Stroll has been tackling a challenging season, working in tandem with teammate Fernando Alonso. The accident, however, had him wrapping up qualifying last, placing him right at the 20th spot to start the race.
Aston Martin team principal, Mike Krack, offered his statement on the incident saying, “The whole team are relieved that Lance was able to step out of the car after yesterday’s accident — however, he is still feeling the after-effects of such a high-impact crash. Our priority now is that he makes a full and speedy recovery. Together, we have decided that he will sit out this evening’s race and instead focus fully on returning to the cockpit for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.”