Possible Stroll substitute completing F1 simulator testing
Following the news that Lance Stroll will miss preseason testing due to a cycling injury, Aston Martin will be assessing their options for the coming week.
Fernando Alonso is very likely to take the bulk of the preseason testing work, if not all of it, but depending on the state of Stroll’s condition, the team may elect to use one of their reserve drivers for some testing.
Their most experienced reserve driver, ex-F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne, will be away with the Penske team preparing for the Cape Town Formula E race.
This leaves Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich, who shared on Instagram that he is having a day at the Aston Martin simulator, as part of his reserve driver duties.
With Aston Martin currently not certain of being able to put Stroll back in the car for the Bahrain Grand Prix (in less than two weeks’ time), the Silverstone-based team may use some of the preseason testing time to prepare one of their drivers as a backup if Stroll cannot make the first race.
Aston Martin are yet to confirm their revised testing schedule.