Alonso raced with broken bones

In the round-up: Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso reveals he raced after breaking bones in both of his hands last season

In brief

Alonso raced after breaking bones in Melbourne crash

Alonso will be reunited with team mate Lance Stroll, who injured his wrists in a cycling accident while training, for practice in Bahrain today.

With Stroll returning, Alonso admitted in yesterday’s FIA press conference that he had raced after breaking both hands when he crashed out of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix last year while racing with Alpine.

“I think it’s already very good news that he’s here and he will try,” Alonso said. “That shows his desire to win and his motivation to win with this team. So that’s a very good sign.

“In my case, yes, I broke few bones in both hands last year, so until August, I was not fully recovered. I had some pain, but we love driving.”

Low downforce circuits will suit Williams best again – Albon

Williams driver Alexander Albon says he believes the Williams FW45 will be at its strongest at high-speed, low-downforce circuits once again.

Williams took five points finishes in 2022, including best finishes of eighth in Spa-Francorchamps and Monza. Albon says the team’s new car is very sensitive aerodynamically and will best be suited to those circuits this year.

“It was clear with the wind over the testing,” Albon said, “depending on the angle of the wind, it was very tricky for us in a couple of corners – the low-speed corners. If we can get the season better than we started, which we did last year, I’ll be happy.

“And of course, taking the moments we can – Monza, Spa – these kind of circuits will continue to be still quite good for us. We just want to be quicker and have the chance more often, basically.”

F3 driver fined before first practice

MP Motorsport Formula 3 driver Mari Boya and his driver coach, former F2 racer Facu Regalia, have both been fined €1,000 by the FIA before the first track action of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend after they walked onto the Sakhir circuit while prohibited.

The duo were intending to complete a track walk together, jumping the turn 11 barrier onto the race track, 11 minutes prior to the circuit officially closing while the FIA medical car was completing a planned test run. The pair returned over the barriers but were summoned to the stewards, where they admitted their error. Both were fined €1,000 (£886) and will have their paddock credentials revoked if they commit any similar infractions.

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