Fernando Alonso and McLaren would be ruing missing out on a good first day at testing in Barcelona, as Alonso’s car went for a spin in the gravel after the rear tyre came off during the last corner of his 6th lap.
Alonso suffered no damage and was quick to jump out of his car and onto the gravel to examine the damage done to the car.
Sky Sports reporters in Barcelona reported that the crash could have been due to a loose wheel nut or due to some failure in the wheel structure itself. The McLaren team will now do a full fledged examination of the car and then come up with the reasons and corrective measures for this crash.
“McLaren say they are investigating the cause at the moment. It could be that it was a loose wheel nut or it could be some kind of failure in the wheel structure itself.
“This is a very fast corner, you are coming around here at around 160mph. Not the start McLaren would have wanted and Fernando Alonso is back in the garage.
“He came out of the car and closely examined what had gone on, he was staring at the wheel trying to determine while it had come off.” said the Sky Sports reporter.
Hopefully there isn’t much wrong with machine and it was only maybe a loose wheel nut but you never know.
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The wheels quite literally came off for Fernando Alonso earlier 👀
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The first two hours of testing have come to an end and this how the field looks like.
Here’s the full timesheet after two hours of running:
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 33 laps, 1:21.326
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, 28 laps, 1:21.843
Romain Grosjean, Haas, 17 laps, 1:23.092
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 15 laps, 1:23.221
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 17 laps, 1:23.351
Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, 26 laps, 1:23.633
Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 6 laps, 1:24.202
Lance Stroll, Williams, 19 laps, 1:25.990
Nikita Mazepin, Force India, 11 laps, 1:25.990
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 10 laps, No time set