Following a shortened first day of testing behind the wheel of the FW40, Lance Stroll has again been forced to abandon the track owing to accident damage.
Yesterday, Stroll suffered front wing damage to the car after a trip through the gravel. The damage was assessed as terminal and he was forced to sit out of the remainder of the day having only completed 12 laps.
Today the 18-year-old recorded more laps than the previous day but still ended testing early when his car suffered damage as a result of a spin coming out of turn 5 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The car hit the wall and damaged its front end as well as its front suspension. Williams Martini Racing were forced to abandon their run with an hour and a half still on the clock.
The Canadian had been looking comfortable, and apart from a spin pre-lunch he was on track to break through a century of laps before the incident on lap 99.
The winner of last year’s European Formula 3 Championship, Stroll is set to become the first Canadian Formula One driver to feature in a F1 race since Jacques Villeneuve last competed in 2006.