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Aston Martin

Krack prepared to risk repeat of Alonso-Stroll near miss

The two Aston Martin drivers were nearly out of the race on the opening lap after contact in Bahrain.

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Aston Martin boss Mike Krack says he is willing to let his Formula 1 drivers race after a near-miss in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

On the opening lap, Lance Stroll went deep into Turn 4 and locked up, just as Fernando Alonso cut back to the inside to attempt an overtake on a Mercedes.

Fortunately for Aston, Stroll's left-front did not do much damage to the right-rear of Alonso's tyre which took the full force of the impact.

The team went onto score a three-six finish with Alonso and Stroll as some of the hype of Aston's pre-season proved true.

And Krack believes the incident is just one of those things that can happen in Grand Prix racing.

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"These are things in F1 that can happen," Krack told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"Lance was fighting very hard with George [Russell] on the outside - and I don't like to see it either, but we let them race on Lap 1 and Lap 2 and [so on].

"It is something that you know can happen."

Alonso had qualified fifth with Stroll eighth, but an uncharacteristically slow start from the two-time champion allowed the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton to slip by.

One theory proposed for the slow start was a slow formation lap by the Red Bull drivers, but Krack believes further investigation is required.

"That is something that we really need to look at, it seems in the beginning we were struggling a little bit," he said of the slow start.

"I don't know if it is with warm-up or whatever it is, but we need to check.

"We haven't really looked into it yet, we will look when [things are] calm and see how we have to handle this situation in the future."

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