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Williams out of final day of Formula One testing following Stroll crash

The Canadian has made three high-profile errors in only two days of testing.

F1 02/03/17 10:16
Williams out of final day of Formula One testing following Stroll crash

Williams have been forced to cancel their participation in the final day of testing following teenage rookie Lance Stroll’s crash.

The 18-year-old, who will become the second youngest driver in Formula One history at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix next month, sustained significant damage to his car following the incident on Wednesday.

Stroll’s mistake, which left him in the wall at turn six of the Circuit de Catalunya, was his third high-profile error in only two days of testing.

His first meaningful running behind the wheel of a Formula One car lasted 12 laps on Tuesday after he lost control of his Williams and broke the front wing.

Brazilian Felipe Massa had been due to take over the testing duties on the concluding day here in Barcelona.

“Following a thorough inspection overnight, some damage to the FW40 chassis was discovered and therefore, on safety grounds, the team will not run the car today,” a statement from Williams read.

“A second chassis will be prepared at track this afternoon, as originally planned, with the team aiming to be back on track for the second test next week starting on Tuesday 7 March.”

While Canadian Stroll managed to complete nearly 100 laps on Wednesday, his hat-trick of spins will be a concern to the team.

The cars this year are set to be the fastest ever seen in the sport following a radical overhaul of the way in which they are designed.

F1’s concluding test runs over four days next week before the season gets under way in Melbourne on March 26.

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