Lance Stroll’s Crash Halted Williams Pre-Season Run

Mar 03, 2017 10:08 PM EST | Paula

This is a sad day for William Martini Racing because their pre-season run was cut short due to the damages sustained when Lance Strolled crashed into a barrier last Wednesday. Their car chassis was reportedly damaged because of the crash. 

Remaining positive, Williams plans to get back on track for the second and final tests on Tuesday. The team reportedly gave a considerable additional backing to Stroll, amounting to about $2.4 million.

Last year, the team also provided the Canadian driver extensive test program to prepare for this day. However, all those training went out of the window when he was put in a wet-weather tire test.

According to BBC, the team had to stop running for the day while the wings that were broken from the crash was sent back in Oxfordshire for repairs. On a positive note, there will be new wings arriving for next week's race.

Before crashing, Stroll managed to complete 100 laps before accidentally smashing the car at Turn Six. Rob Smedley, Williams engineer, explained that the cold tires caused the accident.

Smedley explained that there are certain tricky points in using the car. Rob Smedley said that Stroll had a hard time with the cold tires' lack of grip.

"He was an innocent victim of that happening and what should have been an innocuous sideways moment brought him around into the barrier and did some damage," Rob Smedley said. "That happens and we expect it to happen - there is no blame on his part."

Lance Stroll is the second youngest driver in Formula 1 history. This is the 18-year old's Canadian Driver's Formula 1 debut.

Stroll's accident caused his teammate Felipe Massa not being able to run laps. Massa was supposed to be the one to take over on the last day, Daily Mail reported.

Under the new regulations, the cars were given radical changes in their design and speed. The cars that were used this season were reportedly the fastest cars ever seen in Formula 1 racing. The pre-season testing will conclude next week before the 2017 Australian Grand Prix starts on March 26.

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