Ferrari cancels Pirelli wet test day after Vettel’s crash

Ferrari cancels Pirelli wet test day after Vettel’s crash

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel / Source: Ferrari

Ferrari canceled its second Pirelli wet test day after Sebastian Vettel’s crash. The four-time F1 world champion yesterday lost control at Fiorano’s turn 7. His crash into the barriers damaged badly the car (a mule version of SF15-T with experimental tyres). The driver was not hurt. He hit his elbow in the cockpit’s side and had minor bruising.

A Pirelli spokesperson defined the accident as “normal on an artificially wet track”.

“Before the accident, around 40 laps were driven in the morning on different kinds of experimental wet tyres – we are testing towards the 2018 season – and good data was collected”, the spokesperson added.

The team hoped to repair the car overnight. The examination in the factory though showed that there were not enough spare parts. Thus the test’s second day had to be canceled.

Ferrari did not have enough spare parts to repair the damaged car

Meanwhile ex-Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya said that Vettel and Fernando Alonso are the most complete racers in today’s Grand prix.

“I would say probably Vettel. He’s one of the most complete guys, and Fernando. I ran with him in my career”, the Columbian answered to a question who impressed him the most from the current grid for an interview for the official F1 website. “I think they’re the best two overall. Lewis does a really good job but he’s in the best car. It’s very easy to think a guy in best car is the best driver. But the question is if they weren’t in the best car, how would they handle things? I think Fernando and Sebastien have endured that and I think they’re the best.”

The IndyCar and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner was also impressed by Max Verstappen: “I think Max is really good. I think he’s in people’s minds because he’s making moves, he’s aggressive. Does he makes mistakes by being too aggressive? Yeah. But in hindsight he laughs about it and knows he screws up. He’s in people’s minds, you’re getting people’s attention. It’s not a bad thing. The sport needs that.”