Williams not to run on Thursday due to chassis damage

Barcelona Testing – Williams will not run on the final day of the first pre-season test due to chassis damage.

Lance Stroll spun the FW40 at Turn 5 and hit the barriers on Wednesday afternoon, which saw him sit out the remainder of the day as there was damage to the nose and front suspension.

The Canadian had already been in the wars as he ended the morning session in the gravel trap.

After an overnight inspection of the car, Williams found damage to the chassis that could not be repaired in time to run during Thursday’s session.

The team will prepare a second chassis during the afternoon with the aim of being prepared for the start of the second test, which commences on March 7.

Stroll also had a spin on Tuesday at Turn 9 which saw him run through the gravel and damage a development front wing. Due to a lack of spare parts, he lost the entire afternoon session.

Felipe Massa has only had one day in the car on Monday. He completed 103 and was third fastest in the session with a time of 1:22.076.

The Brazilian was due to drive for the wet tyre test taking place, meaning Williams will lose out on data collection for the intermediate and wet tyres.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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