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Williams end day two early after Stroll spin

Barcelona Testing – Lance Stroll will not participate in the afternoon session after spinning out of the second day of testing.

The Williams rookie wasted no time in registering a dozen laps of the circuit in the opening hour of the day.

However, a spin on the exit of the fast right-handed turn nine sent his Williams FW40 across the gravel trap.

He came to a stop on the escape road, where he completed a three-point turn and recovered back to the garage, causing a temporary red flag.

It was thought that the damage to Stroll’s car looked minor, but Williams have been forced to end their second test day early.

Rob Smedley confirmed that a lack of spare parts is the reason behind the decision:

“Lance was on lap six of his second run when he had a spin. 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.”

Felipe Massa is scheduled to drive the car for the third day of the first test, with Stroll having another opportunity to drive the car on the final day on Thursday.


Luke Murphy

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