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Sebastian Vettel crashes during wet-weather Pirelli test at Fiorano

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Sebastian Vettel’s wet-weather running was cut short on Thursday at Fiorano after the German crashed out while testing Pirelli’s prototype tires.

Pirelli was granted two days of wet running to help prepare for the 2017 season when its tires have changed size dramatically, becoming 25 per cent wider at both the front and the rear of the car. The test was also designed to begin developments for 2018.

Vettel was testing a modified version of Ferrari’s 2015 car, the SF15-T, at its private test track on Thursday when he lost control in the wet conditions and crashed into the barrier.

Images posted on Twitter showed Vettel’s car going straight on at a downhill left-hand corner and proceeding to hit the barrier head-first.

Vettel was unharmed in the accident, but it remains unclear whether Ferrari will be able to continue its testing program on Friday at Fiorano.

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.