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Williams forced to sit out final day

02 Mar 2017

Williams will not take part in the final day of 2017's opening pre-season test due to damage incurred from Lance Stroll's brush with the barriers on day three.

The team admitted last night that their final day plans were in jeopardy - and following a thorough overnight inspection they have formally confirmed their withdrawal on safety grounds.

The team say they will use the day to prepare a second chassis at the circuit, as they bid to be ready for the start of the second and final test on Tuesday March 7.

"Following a thorough inspection overnight some damage to the FW40 chassis was discovered and therefore, on safety grounds, the team will not run the car today," Williams said in a statement.

"A second chassis will be prepared at track this afternoon, as originally planned, with the team aiming to be back on track for the second test next week."

The first half of day four will be dedicated to wet-weather running, with Pirelli having soaked the circuit overnight in order to allow teams to trial the new wet and intermediate tyres.