Williams has confirmed it will not run any more in the second day of F1 testing following Lance Stroll’s spin in the morning.
The team’s new driver spun off on his 12th lap of the day at the exit of turn nine. He went through a gravel trap causing some damage to the car.
“Lance was on lap six of his second run when he had a spin,” explained head of performance engineer Rob Smedley. “The grip was particularly low and so he spun and went through the gravel backwards.”
Smedley confirmed a shortage of spare parts will keep the team from taking further part in the session today.
“Even though the accident was entirely innocuous we’ve unfortunately had quite a bit of accident damage, which we’re now in the process of repairing,” he said.
“We’re having to send some composite parts back to the factory, which will be back with us at some point tomorrow. We’re doing the up-most we can now to get back out on track at the earliest opportunity tomorrow. We will be able to recover the programme in the coming days.”
Stroll said he is still “getting to grips with the FW40”.
“It was good to finally get behind the wheel to just get a feel for it,” he added.
“Like I said, it is still early days, so I need to do a lot more running before I know exactly where I am and where the car is at. I will have a much better picture once we have more laps under our belts, but it was good to break the ice and I am looking forward to some more running.”
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year