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Stroll resorted to 'comfortable' wheel positions to protect hands

Lance Stroll was back in the car for the first time following his cycling accident and wrist injuries in Bahrain.

Lance Stroll was forced to resort to "comfortable" Formula 1 steering wheel positions to protect his injured wrists in Bahrain Grand Prix practice. The Canadian missed pre-season testing following a cycling accident, but was back in the car for Friday practice ahead of the 2023 season-opener. During FP2, he was told by his engineer to adopt a different driving line through Turns 1 and 2 to match pace-setting teammate Fernando Alonso. However, Stroll replied that he could not due to the demands a tighter line would place on the wrists. Speaking after the session, the Aston Martin driver explained how he had "no problem" and was ready for the rest of the weekend. "I was protecting it, it feels a little more comfortable," Stroll told media including RacingNews365 of his condition. "I feel like I can definitely drive the car, no problem. "I'm feeling all right, a little stiff but it was overall okay in the car today."

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Returning to the track following a wrist injury, Lance Stroll gave it his all in FP2 #BahrainGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/wdMN9JYbNB — Formula 1 (@F1) March 3, 2023

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