The first crash of the weekend, and shockingly enough, it’s turned out to be one of the worst crashes of this Formula 1 season. Lance Stroll has been pushing his Aston Martin to the absolute limit throughout the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, hoping to match the pace of his teammate Fernando Alonso, and quite unfortunately for the Canadian, the beautiful yet extremely tricky Marina Bay had other ideas.
Stroll had an extremely poor first Q1 run, consequently finding himself at the bottom of the table. Hence, there was already an awful lot of pressure on the young Canadian, but, then arrived Alonso’s lap which propelled the Spaniard up into the top 5. Amidst countless factors converging on the struggling Aston Martin driver, he was obliged to deliver something magical during his final Q1 run.
Stroll’s crash from the stands pic.twitter.com/02nN4LTMQG
— Mahir 🇹🇷🇬🇧 (@ScrewderiaF1) September 16, 2023
The rear was sliding all over the place, and Stroll was visibly fighting to keep his car on the track during his final flying lap. But, heading into the high-speed final corner, everything went haywire for the billionaire’s son. A minor snap led Stroll to lose his rear as the car spun straight into the barriers, spilling debris all over the track.
The impact was hefty enough to almost destroy the entire car and a busy night awaits the Aston Martin engineers. As for the impact, Charles Leclerc’s reaction said it all. The Monegasque sounded rather disturbed on the team radio after driving past the shunted Aston Martin.
How Charles Leclerc reacted to Lance Stroll’s crash at Singapore Grand Prix
Stroll’s high G-force crash left Leclerc absolutely speechless as the Ferrari driver immediately got on the team radio to check on his colleague. Leclerc asked his race engineer, “Is he moving or something?” to which his race engineer replied, “He’s moving!” as the Monegasque heaved a sigh of relief.
Charles: “Is he [Stroll] moving or something?”
Xavi: “He is moving.”#SingaporeGP
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) September 16, 2023
Now moving on to Stroll’s radio, the team radio became active as soon as the Aston Martin driver rammed his car into the barriers. The race engineer asked Stroll if he was ok, to which, the victim replied, “I’m ok!” in a rather disappointing tone. And of course, why wouldn’t he be disappointed? The Canadian is running out of time to prove the critics wrong and a crash was the last thing he ever needed at this point.
Hence, now, the question that remains to be answered is, can Aston Martin get the car ready for the race tomorrow and help Stroll try and secure a solid points haul from the back of the grid?