With the imminent start of the 2023 Formula 1 season, the world surrounding the great circus is abuzz with news, speculation and analysis. If that wasn’t enough, the team Aston Martin F1 confirmed that Lance Stroll suffered an accident while cycling in preparation for the season and will be absent for the tests which will take place this week in Bahrain.
Rumors were quick to reach the media, claiming that Fernando Alonso could use all three days of testing to drive and test the new AMR 23, which would undoubtedly give the Asturian pilot more time to adapt, as well as more data to analyze. It wouldn’t be the first time something like this had happened, without going any further, Lando Norris carried out the tests assigned to his McLaren teammate due to Daniel Ricciardo positive for COVID.
F1 testing was limited a few seasons ago, which is why teams have very few options, such as using simulators. Every lap of the real car on the track generates vitally important data to understand the car and adapt it best to the driver and succeed in scratching a tenth of the clock.
Aston Martin is undergoing a major overhaul in its organizational, managerial and sporting structure and Fernando Alonso has undoubtedly been part of it since his arrival in the British team was confirmed after the problems he had with Alpine.
The question is whether the Canadian driver will be able to be on board the new car to contest the first race of the 2023 season, which will also be held in Bahrain in a week. It is true that from the side of the team at Silverstone the official statement is that the injuries are not of great importance, so the team is still confident that the driver will be on the grid line for the Grand Prix.
“Guys, I had an unfortunate accident while I was training on my bike to prepare for the season. I’m sure I’ll be back in the car soon and I’m very motivated with this season and with the team. , so hopefully I can recover from this incident as quickly as possible.” .
Now is the time to wait for an official statement from Aston Martin to see who will carry out the planned tests and the line of work that corresponded to Lance Stroll, because there is great interest in seeing the actual performance of the new single-seater which has much talked about in winter and with the one in which the English team tries to make a leap in the constructors’ table for the 2023 season.