Caterham out of Barcelona test following accident on Tuesday

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Tuesday was a mixed day for Formula One’s two newest teams in testing at Barcelona.

Max Chilton topped the time sheets for Marussia, while Kamui Kobayashi’s accident ended his and Caterham’s day early after the Japanese driver lost the rear at Turn 3.

The shunt cost Caterham Wednesday, too, as the team has withdrawn from the second day of testing. Reserve driver Robin Frijns had been due to take over.

“Having assessed the damage to chassis CT05-03 after Kamui’s accident yesterday in the final half hour of day one, we have decided not to run on day two,” a team statement said. “While obviously not ideal, this ensures the team can now focus on the next Grand Prix in Monaco, starting next week.”

Added Kobayashi, via the official Formula One website: “Unfortunately in the last half hour I went off in Turn 3 on run 22 and hit the barriers pretty hard. There is quite a lot of damage to the car so I’m sorry for the guys in the garage who now have a long night ahead to fix the car.”

Can’t fault Kobayashi for his effort and for his stand-up apology, but it’s unfortunate for the team who now lose a crucial opportunity to bank further mileage and development in an era of limited testing.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.