Components 1 returns to the monitor this week, with pre-season testing slated to kick off on Thursday at Bahrain Worldwide Circuit. All ten groups will put their new vehicles by means of the paces over three days, in a closing try and get the whole lot proper earlier than the season kicks off the next week with the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Aston Martin, nonetheless, will enter pre-season testing with out one in all their two prime drivers.

The workforce introduced on Monday morning that Lance Stroll suffered a minor coaching harm, and wouldn’t have the ability to take part in pre-season testing. In a press release, Stroll indicated that he suffered a motorcycle harm whereas coaching, however expects to be again as rapidly as doable:

“I’ve had an unlucky accident while coaching on my bike in preparation for the season. I’m decided to get again within the automotive and I’m excited in regards to the season forward with the workforce. I’m motivated to bounce again from this setback as rapidly as doable.”

Veteran F1 driver and former world champion Fernando Alonso joined Aston Martin this offseason, after racing for Alpine a season in the past.

Aston Martin has a pair of reserve drivers who can step into Stroll’s seat for pre-season testing. The workforce introduced again in November that Stoffel Vandoorne, a former Components E Champion, would be part of their roster as a reserve driver. Together with Vandoorne, the workforce can look to former Components 2 Champion Felipe Drugovich, who joined Aston Martin’s improvement program final fall.