Formula One

Stroll to miss Singapore GP – Aston Martin driver unwell after his crash

Lance Stroll to miss Singapore GP after his heavy crash in qualifying
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Aston Martin have announced that Lance Stroll will miss today’s Singapore Grand Prix, after the heavy crash he suffered during qualifying, as he is still feeling the effects of the impact.

Stroll’s accident and his comments

The Canadian was pushing on his final lap of Q1 in order to get into the top fifteen and get promoted to Q2. He overdid it though, going slightly wide at the final corner and losing the rear end of his car as a result. He tried to correct it, but his efforts were in vain, as the car snapped and hit the wall head-on.

The car was destroyed, but Stroll appeared to be fine. He indicated as such over team radio and then confirmed it in his interviews after the qualifying session, following a mandatory trip to the medical center as well. Regarding his crash, he said:

We just had a very bad outlap with traffic, so no temperature in the tyres. I just had no grip out there through the whole session.

At the end I saw we were going out, so I pushed in the last corner, to try and make up some time, but it didn’t work.

Stroll to miss Singapore GP – Mike Krack’s comments

The team was preparing to use their spare chassis and an older engine in the car, as it appeared as though Stroll was going to race. Overnight though it was made apparent that this will not be the case and instead Stroll will use the opportunity to rest ahead of the next race. That will be held in just a week, at Suzuka, so the Canadian driver will hope he is ready in a short space of time.

The team principal of Aston Martin, Mike Krack, spoke on the situation regarding Stroll and his condition today, which will prevent him from competing in the fifteenth round of the championship -and hopefully not any others:

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.

This is bad news for both Stroll and Aston Martin, in terms of their championship status. Aston Martin dropped behind Aston Martin in the constructors’ championship after Monza and are now trailing them by eleven points. To make matters worse for the British team, the Scuderia will have two cars running upfront, with Carlos Sainz on pole and Charles Leclerc third.

In addition to that, Stroll could fall down further in the drivers’ standings. He is currently placed ninth, but the two Alpine drivers, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, are breathing down his neck and could soon drop him out of the top ten.

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