The Aston Martin Aramaco Cognizant Formula One Team announced on Thursday that Lance Stroll has been cleared to compete in this weekend’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir International Circuit.

Stroll was in doubt after sustaining injuries following a cycling accident while training in Spain and missed pre-season testing as a result.

Speaking about the news, the Canadian said:

It was frustrating not to be out in Bahrain for the pre-season test and I was disappointed to miss the three days of running. However, given the injury to my wrist, the team and I felt it was best to focus on recovery so that I would be ready for this weekend and the long season ahead.

“It was an unfortunate accident – I fell from my bike when my tyre caught a hole in the ground – but thankfully the damage was not significant and a successful minor surgery on my right wrist fixed the problem very quickly. Since then, I’ve been working hard with my team to ensure that I am fully fit to compete this weekend.

“I would like to thank the F1 community for their support and privacy, as well as the team who have helped my recovery. Now I’m ready to get my head down and concentrate on racing this weekend – something I’m really looking forward to.”

Felipe Drugovich and Stoffel Vandoorne will travel to Bahrain to be on standby if needed.

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