Tuesday was Lance Stroll's first time behind the wheel of the new Williams FW40, the rookie F1 driver taking to the Catalonia circuit first up in the morning when the pit lights turned green.
However, he 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 unfortunately it caused quite a bit of accident damage, which the team immediately went to work to repair.
As a result they had to send some composite parts back to the factory, which won't be back until sometime later today (European time).
“It is still early days and I have only done a handful of laps,” Stroll said. “I am just getting to grips with the FW40, and there is still a lot of time ahead of us. It was good to finally get behind the wheel to just get a feel for it.”
“Like I said, it is still early days, so I need to do a lot more running before I know exactly where I am and where the car is at. I will have a much better picture once we have more laps under our belts, but it was good to break the ice and I am looking forward to some more running.”
The team is now doing their upmost to get back out on track at the earliest opportunity on Wednesday.