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Pierre Gasly

F1 testing halted as crash brings out another red flag

AlphaTauri have confirmed that Pierre Gasly is uninjured and has returned to the garage after crashing his AT03 during Friday morning's session in Barcelona.

Gasly Barcelona
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The final day of F1 testing in Barcelona has been halted once again by a red flag as AlphaTauri became the latest team to suffer a Friday blow.

Pierre Gasly's morning on the track came to an abrupt end after the Frenchman hit the wall in sector two at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, bringing out the second red flag of Friday's running.

AlphaTauri's AT03 has shown tremendous reliability thus far, completing 146 laps on Thursday, before adding another 40 to their tally during the first two-and-a-half hours of Friday morning.

But the team were forced to call for the tow truck after Gasly made contact with the wall, resulting in damage to the front-right of his car, which was left stationary in the gravel trap.

The team then took to social media to confirm that Gasly is unhurt and has returned safely to the garage.

Shortly after the session resumed at 12:00 local time, Alfa Romeo rookie Guanyu Zhou brought out another red flag with a spin into the gravel in the final sector, but he also escaped unharmed.

Alonso pain brought out Friday's first red flag

The first red flag of Friday's running was brought out by Fernando Alonso as his Alpine lost power as he came to complete his 13th lap of the morning session.

The A522 ground to a halt with smoke billowing from Alonso's car, with marshals quickly on the scene to get the situation under control.

Alpine later confirmed that Alonso stopped the car "due to a loss of pressure".

It brought an end to an eventful morning for the Spaniard who, after a trip through the gravel, momentarily topped the timesheets.

You can stay up to date with all the action from Barcelona in the dedicated RacingNews365.com live blog.

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