Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll will sit out Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix as a result of his massive crash in qualifying at Marina Bay.
The Canadian driver suffered a big impact with the outside wall when he lost control of his car at the last corner on his final flyer in Q1.
Although he emerged unscathed from the wreck and was declared fit and well after his visit to the track’s medical center, Aston Martin reported that Stroll woke up on Sunday feeling sore.
Stroll’s condition coupled with the lengthy job of building up a new chassis led to Aston and its driver mutually agreeing to sit out Sunday’s round of racing in Singapore.
“Following Lance’s crash in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, Lance and the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team have jointly agreed that he will not participate in this evening’s race,” read a statement from Aston Martin.
“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.”
Aston team boss Mike Krack added that the outfit’s priority is to help Stroll fully recover for next week’s race at Suzuka.
“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,” Krack said.
“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.”
Speaking after his crash, Stroll said an out-of-sync track position due to being stopped at the weigh-bridge had contributed to his mishap.
“We just weren’t really improving on that last lap with the out-lap being really bad. I had a lot of traffic, guys trying to make the line at the end,” the 24-year-old explained.
“We got stopped at the weighbridge so that put us at the back of the queue and then I had to try and pass a bunch of cars to get my lap in before the end of the session.”
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