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Stroll: Two healthy wrists make life a bit easier

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Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll made light of last year’s agonies as he looks forward to starting the 2024 Formula 1 season stronger and injury-free, unlike 12 months ago.

The 25-year-old Canadian, son of billionaire team owner Lawrence Stroll, turned up at the 2023 opener in Bahrain with a broken big toe and wrists after a cycling accident in Spain two weeks earlier. A year on, a lot more careful, Stroll gave the freshly launched Aston Martin AMR24 a shakedown today at Silverstone during the team’s allocated filming day for that purpose.

Earlier, when asked ahead of Aston Martin’s new car launch on Monday what precautions he was taking in training for the season starting on March 2, Stroll joked “My apartment is stacked with pillows and I’m not allowed to leave.”

And added, “I’m running. I’m watching my step while I run. No ankle twisting, none of that funny business. Just running in a straight stride. Just looking after my limbs and I want to get to Bahrain testing this year.”

Lance: I’m ready to get back to racing

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Photographs on social media of Stroll snowboarding through a forest in January suggest a slightly different story, he explained: “I enjoyed a bit of time off with friends and family, eating a few more doughnuts and drinking a few more beers but still training hard and now I’m ready to get back to racing.”

As well as skiing in Western Canada, he said he had also spent a lot of time reflecting on last season and thinking about how to come back stronger. After all, veteran teammate Fernando Alonso was on the podium eight times last year and finished fourth overall with 206 points. Stroll was 10th and scored only 74.

Stroll acknowledged: “Last year for sure he was just quicker. I have some ideas on where to work on some things that I want to improve on. I think we had a lot of misfortune last year and that kind of made things more challenging. There were a lot of races where we had technical issues. Things just didn’t go our way.

“Testing is really important just to get an idea what the car’s doing… I’ll be at testing this year and having that is definitely going to be helpful. Two healthy wrists make life a bit easier in a race car,” added Stroll who enters his eight-season in F1 this year. The Bahrain Grand Prix season opener will be his 144th GP start. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)