Sebastian Vettel drove into a wall of tires for the winter test

Sebastian Vettel fonce dans un mur de pneus aux essais hivernaux

Photo: Lluis Gene Agence France-Presse
Vettel rammed into a tyre barrier after losing control of his car in turn number 3 at the circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

An accident involving Sebastian Vettel proved to be the most important setback for Ferrari since the start of the winter test Formula 1, preventing the Italian team to perform several laps of the track on Wednesday.

Vettel rammed into a tyre barrier after losing control of his car in turn number 3 at the circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. His car crossed the tray of gravel before hitting the front wall.

The German driver has not suffered significant injury, but he was still taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

The officials from Ferrari have spoken to a mechanical problem, without specifying the nature, and added that the car had been returned to the garage to perform ” all the necessary checks “. The accident has forced the removal of a red flag.

Because of the damage to the car, Charles Leclerc went on the track when he was only a few minutes before the end of the session, and was only able to finish a single round. Ferrari, who dominated the first days of testing last week, is the team that made the least number of laps on Wednesday.

Carlos Sainz, of the McLaren team, was the leader of the session on Wednesday with a time of 1 min 17,144 s, the fastest up to now after six days of testing. Rookie Lando Norris, his teammate at McLaren, had been the fastest on Tuesday.

Sergio Perez, team-mate Lance Stroll at Racing Point, has realized the second time, in 1 min 17,842 s.

“We have experienced a few small problems here and there and the red flags did not help, but in the end we concluded the day with a lot of information, explained Perez. We were finally able to do some long stints, after having been rather limited to this chapter last week. I look forward to returning to the track on Friday, in order to well prepare myself before I go to Melbourne. “

Perez has notably been able to test the new soft tire to Pirelli, and they seem to have delivered the goods. At least that is the opinion of the engineer-in-chief of the Racing Point, Tom McCullough.

“Sergio has been able to test the gums tender, and, in general, the car has rather responded well, which is always positive, said McCullough. We have a lot of information to analyse and lessons to learn. There is still a lot of work to do. “

Despite his accident, Vettel (1 min 18,195 s) has registered for the third time, followed by the veteran Kimi Räikkönen (1 min 18,209 s) on Alfa Romeo.

For its part, Mercedes is once again focused on the updates to aerodynamic and its drivers Valtteri Bottas (1 min 18,941 s) and Lewis Hamilton (1 min 18,943 s) finished eighth and ninth, respectively.

“Seventy-five rounds of adjustments have been completed, and we continue to learn,” said Bottas.

Max Verstappen, author of the sixth time on Red Bull, has been one of the red flags of the day Wednesday while he has been the victim of a problem at the end of the pit straight. Sainz has forced the emergence of another red flag to the result of a boredom that has slowed in the main straight of the track.

The testing will continue until Friday at the circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, site of the Grand Prix of Spain. The season will take off on 17 march with the Grand Prix of Australia.

In another order of ideas, leaders McLaren have announced that former world champion Fernando Alonso will be the ambassador of the team and will continue to advise its pilots and engineers. In addition, it will continue to drive the McLaren cars during practice sessions specific to support the development ” of the racing cars of the team in 2020.

Alonso, who was present at the circuit of Barcelona on Tuesday, will be driving a car of McLaren during the 500 miles of Indianapolis on may 26th.

Also, Renault has announced that Russian Sergey Sirotkin, team-mate to Stroll with Williams last year, will be the reserve driver in 2019.

With The canadian Press

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