Vettel crash delays Ferrari on day six of Formula One testing

Barcelona test 2, Day 1: The very latest F1 2019 tech images

Barcelona test 2, Day 1: The very latest F1 2019 tech images

Vettel lost control on Turn 3 at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, going through the gravel and hitting the wall.

"Obviously inside the auto I was going into Turn 3 and I had a feeling there was an issue with the front-left corner and then from there it wasn't anything that I could have done to avoid the impact".

The cause of Sebastian Vettel's crash during Wednesday's running at pre-season testing in Barcelona is proving tough to identify due to heavy damage to the Ferrari.

After being paired with Kimi Raikkonen for the past four years, Vettel has spoken positively of his working relationship with Ferrari newcomer Charles Leclerc and says the pair have talked a lot in their first weeks together as teammates. "Now we need to look back on those six days, try and understand the auto, what I like, what I didn't like and try and put together for the last day the best compromise on the vehicle".

But while the vehicle was checked in the garage, the team assured fans that Vettel was fine with a short post on Twitter.

Anaheim Fire & Rescue demonstrates why hydrants are no-parking zones
Some Twitter users questioned why the fire department needed to break the windows, though many applauded them for a job well done. Both rear windows of the vehicle were broken and the fire hose threaded through the auto in order to reach the hydrant.

"I think overall the auto is still strong, it feels good", he added. "We have been exploring a lot of things since day one and it has been very productive". I don't remember every question he's asked but we've talked about the auto, our feelings about the front end, the rear end, the feeling and so on.

Sainz used the second-softest tyre compound to do his fastest lap, while Vettel was on the harder and slower middle compound as he went about a second slower.

The time either side of lunch is traditionally when Ferrari focuses on its qualifying and race simulations during the second week of testing, the parts of pre-season which give the best indication of each car's raw performance over short long runs.

He believes the team still has "big areas of improvement" with its MCL34. "It is not ideal yet but the direction seems the right one".

There are two remaining days of testing this week, before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 14-16 March.

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