Ferrari stellar preseason marred as Vettel prangs the SF90

Sebastian Vettel crashed into a tire barrier in Formula 1 preseason testing on Wednesday, seriously damaging his Ferrari but did not sustain any injuries.

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

Ferrari said Vettel was “off due to a mechanical problem.” It said the car was sent back to the garage “for all the needed checks.”

The Italian team did not specify what problem led to Vettel’s crash in the morning session of the second of four days of testing.

The crash prompted a red flag, and Vettel’s Ferrari had to be towed back to the garage.

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz was leading Wednesday’s session with a time of 1 minute, 17.144 seconds, the fastest so far after six days of testing. Vettel had the second fastest time of the day, followed by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and Mercedes rival Valtteri Bottas.