Canadian Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll, victim of a bicycle accident, will not participate in pre-season testing in Bahrain from Thursday to Saturday, his Aston Martin team announced on Monday, and could miss the inaugural Grand Prix in Bahrain in early March. "During cycling training in Spain, Lance Stroll was involved in a minor accident and suffered injuries that will prevent him from taking part in pre-season testing in Bahrain," the British team said in a statement.

He added: "However, Lance hopes to recover quickly to get back behind the wheel. His ability to return to the cockpit will be assessed on a day-to-day basis and the team will communicate on the situation ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix," the first round of the season scheduled for March 5.

— Lance Stroll (@lance_stroll) February 20, 2023

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'Determined to come back soon'

"I had an unfortunate accident during a training session on my bike. I'm determined to get back in my seat quickly and look forward to next season with the team. I'm motivated to bounce back as quickly as possible after this setback," said the 24-year-old Canadian.

For now, Aston Martin has not indicated whether it will call on its reserve drivers, Brazilian Felipe Drugovich and Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, to replace Stroll during these three days of testing. The Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who arrived this season from Alpine, could also race alone in these tests.

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