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Motor racing - Ferrari say wheel rim issue caused Vettel's testing crash

Motor racing - Ferrari say wheel rim issue caused Vettel's testing crash
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Pre Season Testing - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - February 27, 2019 The car of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is taken off the track after a crash during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea Copyright ALBERT GEA(Reuters)
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BARCELONA (Reuters) - A wheel rim issue caused Sebastian Vettel's crash in pre-season testing, Ferrari said on Thursday.

The crash at turn three of the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday morning was the first setback for the 2018 runners-up with a new SF90 car that has otherwise looked impressively quick and reliable.

"After thorough checks we found that Seb's off yesterday was due to a rim issue," a Ferrari spokeswoman said.

"The rim had been damaged a few seconds before by an impact with a foreign object."

Vettel's young Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc was testing the car on Thursday with the four-times world champion German, who was not hurt in Wednesday's incident, due to return for the final day on Friday.

The season-opening race in Australia is on March 17.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ed Osmond)

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