Stroll reveals full extent of cycling accident injuries

Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll detailed on Tuesday his successful struggle to be ready to start the F1 season with broken wrists after a bike accident and said his doctors initially feared he would miss the opening races.

The Canadian finished sixth in Sunday’s game in Bahrain despite injuries, including a broken right big toe in training in Spain on Feb. 18.

“My medical team initially thought that I would miss not only the tests, but also the first few races,” Stroll told followers on Instagram.

The 24-year-old said he underwent 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.

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“After the operation, Dr. Mir told me that I would return to Jeddah if I worked hard and with any luck he hoped I could race in Bahrain, but it was a weak opportunity,” Stroll said.

“To this day, I am convinced that Dr. Mir’s urgency helped me get to Bahrain.”

Stroll said Mir also explained that the fractures to his left wrist and hand could not be repaired and required a “more conservative approach”.

“My medical team made sure we did everything that showed some evidence of bone healing. It became my full-time job, trying to put together everything that could help, even if it was 0.5%,” he said.

“Once the cast was removed on the fourth day, it became possible that we had a chance to race in Bahrain. My medical team has developed a program to help me regain mobility and strength in my wrists.”

Stroll’s Spanish teammate Fernando Alonso finished third in the opening race, while the Canadian’s points propelled the team to second place overall.

The next race will take place in Saudi Arabia on March 19.


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