Formula One driver Lance Stroll who suffered a major crash will not participate in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix following qualifying crash.
Hours before the Grand Prix was set to kick off, on Sunday afternoon, Aston Martin released a statement that following Lance’s crash in qualifying during the Singapore Grand Prix. Lance and Aston Martin have jointly agreed that he would not participate in the Singapore Grand Prix that evening, but will sit out Sunday’s race till he recovers following the high-impact crash.
The Aston Martin F1 team said “The team face a huge job repairing the car today.”
Lance Stroll, F1 driver was pushing hard to make it into Q2 when at the final turn his car went head-on into barriers at high speed during the end of the first session on Saturday.
The Canadian was pushing hard to make it, he suffered a snap of oversteer after running over the kerbs which unsettled the Aston Martin, sending him into the barriers. Stroll who found himself in the drop zone in the dying stages of the qualifying segment was unable to set encouraging times in the first two sectors on his final push lap. He pushed hard coming into the penultimate corner trying to make up time in the last sector of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which saw his car run over the kerbs. Stroll’s Aston Martin suffered significant damage with a wheel tearing off, with Stroll getting out unaided from the car and later being passed fit by the medical team.
Martin F1 team principal Mike Krack said Aston, in a statement that “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,”.
He said their priority now was that he makes a full and speedy recovery and have decided that he will sit out this evening’s race and focus fully instead on returning to the cockpit for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
In 2017 Stroll made his F1 debut, where he placed on the podium in Baku, becoming the youngest rookie to do so.
The team said Stroll was still feeling the after-effects of the crash and they have thus decided it was better for him to sit out the Singapore race to fully recover for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka next week.
The Japanese Grand Prix will take place on 24th September at the Suzuka International Racing Course.