UNHURT : Sebastian Vettel was involved in a collision while testing the Ferrari Formula 1 car at Fiorano. Image: AP / Wong Maye-E
Maranello - Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel got his 2017 season off to a bad start this week by crashing.
Although official testing doesn't begin for another two weeks, he was at the wheel of Ferrari's 2015 tyre test 'mule' car on Thursday (February 9).
Vettel was uninjured
Vettel was testing Pirelli's wet tyres when amateur video footage depicts him evidently aquaplaning at speed before hitting a barrier at Ferrari's artificially-watered Fiorano circuit.
Reports indicate the 29-year-old, who had been circulating in temperatures of 5O celcius, was "unharmed", although the car was so damaged that running may not be able to resume on Friday.
Pirelli reportedly called it a "normal" accident.
Auto Motor und Sport said Vettel sustained "minor bruises" in the impact.
Watch the incident here: