Pierre Gasly crashed heavily during the afternoon stanza of the third day of the second Formula 1 preseason test at Circuit de Catalunya.
A day earlier Sebastian Vettel wrecked the Ferarri SF90 when he suffered a mechanical failure on the car.
Gasly did serious damage to the new Red Bull RB15 when he crashed into the barriers, his second incident during the preseason testing with his new team. He also spun into the barriers at Turn 13 on his first day of running in the RB15, this time the high-speed Turn 9 caught him out.
The impact was such that Gasly had to visit the medical centre for a check-up before being released uninjured.
Sky reported that Gasly, who is fourth on the timesheet, was on his 66th lap of the day and on a long run. CCTV footage suggests it was a fairly hefty impact with the tyre barriers.
At trackside, Craig Slater explained, “Hard to see how much damage was caused, but there was surely a fair bit because Gasly went heavily into the barriers at Turn Nine. It’s a fast part of the circuit, there’s also very little run-off in that area, and he was embedded in the barriers.”
“But he walked out of the car, he had to visit the medical centre, but he seemed perfectly ok as he made his way back to Red Bull hospitality. We’ll get some idea later whether that’s the end of their day. That’s two big shunts for Gasly now this pre-season after he clipped a kerb last week,” added Slater.
Find first Gasly crash pics now in our updated gallery. We even took a nice shot of the Red Bull floor during the recovery!
— Tobi Grüner 🏁 (@tgruener) February 28, 2019