Alonso stopped at the side of the track in Barcelona, smoke billowing from the bonnet. These are pictures you don’t like to be shown as an F1 fan and even less so when you are at the start of the season after only 3 days of private testing.
Winter testing is there to test the mechanics and check if everything is working as intended. Laurent Rossi announced this week that he is in favor “have a powerful and reliable engine” and the team has pushed its new engine architecture to the limit and yet the engine doesn’t seem to engage directly.
Alpine contacted a hydraulic leak that caused this exhaust to come into contact with engine heat and start a fire.
“After examining Alonso’s car, the team confirms that the problem is due to a small leak of water that caused a fire in the back of the car. »
The damage is severe enough to rule out the final half-day of testing at the Spanish track.
Alpine covered 266 laps in these three days without a major incident, ie around 3 and a half Grand Prix. Alonso had only managed to complete 12 laps this morning.