Ferrari uncovers cause of Vettel crash

  • 28 Feb 2019 10:38
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari has determined that a damaged wheel rim issue caused Sebastian Vettel's heavy crash during day six of testing in Barcelona.

Vettel caused a lengthy delay on Wednesday when he hit the barrier head-on during the morning session. The Maranello squad soon confirmed that a mechanical failure was the cause of the crash, adding that it was investigating the accident to find the root of the cause.

On Thursday morning, Ferrari confirmed that a foreign object came into contact with the wheel rim before the crash, which caused it to fail and send Vettel into the wall.

"After thorough checks we found that Seb’s off yesterday was due to a (wheel) rim issue,” a Ferrari statement read. “The rim had been damaged a few seconds before by an impact with a foreign object.”

Vettel was taken to the medical centre as a precaution but was cleared to leave. The accident hampered Ferrari's day, as it failed to get Charles Lechler out for the afternoon session while it worked on car repairs. 

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  • Pistonhead

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    Amazing they can tell these things really, I'm impressed.

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    • Feb 28 2019 - 12:58
  • Hepp

    Posts: 198

    The victim of a rimjob.

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    • Feb 28 2019 - 20:56
  • f1ski

    Posts: 301

    was the foreign object a curb

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    • Feb 28 2019 - 22:27
    • Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Stay off the curbs Seb. 2019 Lesson 1 learnt.

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      • Mar 1 2019 - 02:29

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