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BREAKING: Stroll to miss Singapore Grand Prix race

The Canadian driver suffered a major incident during Qualifying for round 15 of the 2023 season

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Lance Stroll has decided not to partake in the Singapore Grand Prix race later today, in a decision taken along with his team Aston Martin.

The Aston Martin driver endured a massive impact with the outside barriers on the final corner of the Marina Bay Street Circuit (Image Credit: @F1 on X)

During Q1 on Saturday’s Qualifying session, the Canadian driver lost control of his AMR23 through the high speed final corner, spearing into the outside barriers at well over 200 kilometres per hour.

The crash brought out the Red flags, with both McLarens of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri narrowly avoiding a secondary collision with the severely damaged Aston Martin

While Stroll was able to exit his vehicle unaided, it seems as though the 24-year-old is still not ready to compete in the race, which is set to take place at 13:00 BST.

Aston Martin’s statement

Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team released a statement earlier today to confirm that they will not field Stroll’s car on the starting grid for the Singapore Grand Prix.

It reads: “Following Lance’s crash in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, Lance and the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One®️ Team have jointly agreed that he will not participate in this evening’s race.”

While the announcement states that Stroll is physically impaired following the high speed crash, it also infers the extent of damage caused by the collision as a factor for not racing later today.

The statement continues: “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.”

Mike Krack, the Aston Martin Team Principal, is hoping for a quick recovery for their driver. He said: “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.”

Aston Martin’s hope for a solid result this weekend now rests in the hands of veteran driver Fernando Alonso, who lines up in seventh position for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Feature Image Credit: Getty Images

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