Williams Martini Racing have been forced to end their second day of winter testing early as a result of damage to Lance Stroll’s FW40.
The Canadian spun at Turn 9 causing the red flag to come out and ending his first day in the new car. Stroll was unhurt in the accidentbut the car was badly damaged.
Chief test and support engineer with Williams, Rod Neslon commented by saying:
Lance was on lap six of his second run, the grip was particularly low and so he spun and went through the gravel backwards,
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. 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 upmost 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.