Abu Dhabi Test: Alonso crashes early on

Fernando Alonso’s last day in a Honda-powered Mclaren was marred when he crashed into the wall at Yas Marina Circuit, during the morning of the first day of Pirelli Tyre testing in Abu Dhabi.

An hour and a half into the morning stanza, Alonso hit the wall in Turn 13 – although not a big impact – it was enough to seriously damage the right front of the McLaren, including the front wing and suspension. The incident prompted a 20 minutes red flag stoppage.

No explanation for the accident was forthcoming, although team insiders suggest the Spaniard made a mistake. Alonso had completed 11 laps, with his best time of 1:41.995 putting him fifth on the timing screens at that point.

The team repaired the damaged car and the Spaniard was back in action three hours later.

McLaren, who scrapped a test scheduled for Interlagos after the Brazilian Grand Prix, are the only team running two cars at Yas Marina Circuit. Oliver Turvey is on duty in the other car.

Photos courtesy of Mikołaj Sokół