Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll detailed his successful battle to get fit for the Formula One season opener on Tuesday with broken wrists after a cycling accident and said his doctors initially feared he would miss the first few careers.
The Canadian finished sixth in Bahrain’s opener on Sunday despite injuries that also included a fractured big toe on his right foot in a training crash in Spain on February 18.
“In the beginning, my medical team believed that I would not only miss the tests, but also the first races,” Stroll told his followers on Instagram.
The 24-year-old said he had surgery on his right wrist 48 hours after the accident and 12 days before the first race, with the operation carried out by MotoGP traumatologist Javier Mir in Barcelona.
“After the surgery, Dr. Mir told me that he would return to Jeddah if he worked hard and hopefully he was optimistic that he would be able to race in Bahrain, but that was a slim possibility,” said Stroll.
“To this day, I am convinced that the urgency Dr. Mir showed me helped me get to Bahrain.”
Stroll said Mir also explained that the fractures in his left wrist and hand were not repairable and needed “a more conservative approach.”
“My medical team made sure that we were doing anything that would show some evidence of bone healing. It became my full-time job, trying to combine everything that could help, even if it was 0.5%,” he said. .
“Once my cast came off on day four, we might have a chance to compete in Bahrain. My medical team came up with a program that would help me restore mobility and strength to my wrists.”
Stroll’s Spanish teammate Fernando Alonso finished third in the first race, and the Canadian’s points lifted the team to second overall.
The next race is in Saudi Arabia on March 19.