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Esteban Ocon

F1 testing halted in Bahrain by another red flag

Following a strong start to Friday's testing action in Bahrain, Esteban Ocon and Alpine have brought out the red flag.

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Friday's track action at the Bahrain International Circuit has been paused again after Esteban Ocon ground to a halt in his Alpine.

Morning pace-setter Ocon gradually slowed as he approached Turn 13 and stopped the A522 in the run-off area, bringing out the first red flag of the afternoon session.

Alpine mechanics were quickly on the scene to cover up the car and send it back to the pits, with the team yet to confirm what caused the stoppage.

Plenty of stoppages on day two in Bahrain

Ocon and Alpine's afternoon stoppage - which comes with around an hour-and-a-half left on the clock - follows morning incidents for the Williams, Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo teams.

Nicholas Latifi dramatically slid off the track with the rear of his Williams on fire, Sebastian Vettel parked his Aston Martin down an escape road and Valtteri Bottas also stopped in his Alfa Romeo.

The session resumed at 17:40 local time (14:40 GMT), only for another red flag to be waved minutes later when Lando Norris stopped his McLaren exiting the pit lane.

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

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