Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Vettel crashes during Barcelona testing, taken to hospital

Vettel crashes during Barcelona testing, taken to hospital

I hit the wall quite strongly and I think the Tecpro and the wall did their job and the vehicle did its job but of course after the impact the auto was very damaged.

Sergio Perez was second for Racing Point F1, seven tenths adrift at 1:17.842, while Ferrari ran into disaster despite Sebastian Vettel posting the third-quickest lap of the day at 1:18.195.

The 21-year-old Leclerc clocked 1 minute 16.231 seconds off 138 laps with Thailand's Alexander Albon, in a Toro Rosso, the only other driver to dip below 1min 17sec on the penultimate day of testing ahead of the season-opener in Melbourne on March 17. "We have some potential, we tested a lot of things, we have good performance, but we have to work hard as well as they seem really fast".

"We are flat out trying to understand what happened", he said.

"There's still some margin, a bit obviously in myself I still have to learn and get more comfortable with the auto".

A long-run comparison between Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull looked possible in the afternoon as all three teams attempted a race simulation after lunch.

Gasly, meanwhile, saw his day end early after colliding with the barrier at Turn Nine. Gasly lost control of the RB15 as he entered the corner, spun through the gravel and made heavy contact with the barriers. "For the moment, I'll look back over these six days with my engineers, what I liked and what I didn't like, and try to put together the best compromise for my last day in the auto on Friday".

Their new front wing concept has worked wonderfully well for them and they are comfortably ahead of Red Bull and Mercedes at the moment.

"Inside the auto I was going into turn three and I had a feeling there was an issue with the front-left corner", Vettel explained yesterday.

"But we got it done and that was very positive, especially as this was my last day in the vehicle before Australia".

As for Mercedes, Hamilton managed 83 laps while team-mate Valtteri Bottas completed 96.

"It is not a ideal vehicle yet but you can feel the potential is there".

Testing will continue through Friday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix.

Customer Ferrari teams Haas and Alfa Romeo are also in the bottom half for laps completed this week.

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