Drugovich on pole to replace Stroll in first race

Reigning Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich is in pole position to replace Lance Stroll in next weekend’s Bahrain season opener. The team, and 24-year-old Stroll, have not disclosed the details of the injury. But Drugovich, a new Aston Martin reserve, will be on duty in Stroll’s place on the opening day of proceedings in Bahrain on Thursday. The other Aston Martin reserve is former McLaren racer Stoffel Vandoorne – but he is unavailable for Bahrain testing due to his Formula E duties in Cape Town this weekend. However, the 30-year-old Belgian will be in Bahrain for the start of the 2023 race season. The bright side is that an agreement between Mercedes-powered Aston Martin and McLaren means that Vandoorne will also be on standby for his former team this year.

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