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Issues for Alonso on final morning of Barcelona test

Fernando Alonso stopped on track in the early hours of Friday's action in Barcelona, bringing out a red flag, having earlier taken a trip through the gravel.

Fernando Alonso and Alpine sparked a red flag on the final morning of F1 testing in Barcelona after the A522 ground to a halt. Smoke billowed from Alonso's car after he pulled up in the final sector, with marshals quickly on the scene to get the situation under control. Alpine confirmed on social media that Alonso stopped the car "due to a loss of pressure". It followed an earlier trip through the gravel for the Spaniard, and a brief spell at the top of the times, as he got to grips with his new F1 challenger.

Alpine could miss out on crucial dry running

Alpine mechanics will now be in a race against time to make repairs and head back out in the dry this morning, with the track set to be artificially dampened for the afternoon session – giving Pirelli a chance to gather data on their Wet and Intermediate tyres. It marks the third red flag of the week so far, after stoppages for Red Bull's Sergio Perez (gearbox) and Haas driver Nikita Mazepin (fuel pump) on Thursday. Follow all the action from Barcelona in the RacingNews365.com live blog .

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🚩 RED FLAG 🚩 Fernando asked to stop the car at Turn 13 due to a loss of pressure. #F1Testing — BWT Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) February 25, 2022

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