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Lance Stroll spins on debut, ends Williams' day early

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BARCELONA, Spain -- Williams has cut the second day of 2017 testing short after a Lance Stroll spin required repairs to the FW40.

Eighteen-year-old Stroll was in the car for the first time in his rookie career and had completed 12 laps before a spin on the exit of Turn 9. The Canadian teenager had a wobble as he came up the hill, overcorrected and slid sideways, with his car finishing up on the gravel trap on the outside of the exit.

Though Stroll was able to get the car moving again and return to the pits, he did not emerge again before lunch. During the hour-long break, Williams confirmed its day was done despite the "entirely innocuous" accident.

"Lance was on lap six of his second run when he had a spin," said Rob Smedley, the team's head of performance engineering. "The grip was particularly low and so he spun and went through the gravel backwards. Even though the accident was entirely innocuous we've unfortunately had quite a bit of accident damage, which we're now in the process of repairing.

"We're having to send some composite parts back to the factory, which will be back with us at some point tomorrow. We're doing the upmost we can now to get back out on track at the earliest opportunity tomorrow. We will be able to recover the programme in the coming days."

Reflecting on his shortened first day in the car, Stroll said: "It is still early days and I have only done a handful of laps. I am just getting to grips with the FW40, and there is still a lot of time ahead of us. It was good to finally get behind the wheel to just get a feel for it.

"It is still early days, so I need to do a lot more running before I know exactly where I am and where the car is at. I will have a much better picture once we have more laps under our belts, but it was good to break the ice and I am looking forward to some more running."