Lance Stroll has revealed that his wrists "were on fire" during his run to sixth place in the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Stroll was back in the car for the season-opener having missed testing after a cycling accident left him with wrist injuries that required surgery and put his participation in doubt having missed testing.
In the race, Stroll undercut George Russell and claimed a strong sixth place - equalling his best result of the entire 2022 campaign.
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Stroll reveals pain
After the race, the Canadian revealed that the battle with Russell took its toll physically.
"My wrists were on fire after that, and I was kind of shedding a few tears," he explained to Sky Sports F1 when describing the battle through Turns 1/2/3/4.
"Most importantly, we both stayed on track and went onto have a good race and dodged a bullet there."
Hands were vegetables
Later speaking to media, including RacingNews365, Stroll described how his hands were "vegetables" after the accident - which happened in Spain on February 18th.
"Aside from the pain, it was fun, but I was grinding it out to the end for the result," he said.
"Considering everything that happened over the last two weeks, I couldn't move. 10 days ago, I couldn't walk, I couldn't move and both hands were vegetables.
"I didn't think I would be here right now, so it is amazing going to pick up these points and it is a great start to the season."
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