Fernando Alonso crashes just SIX laps into first F1 testing and wheel comes off his McLaren ahead of new season

FERNANDO ALONSO crashed out through the first day of winter testing in Barcelona.

The rear proper wheel got here off his McLaren at excessive velocity, sending him into the gravel lure on the remaining nook.

 Fernando Alonso leaves his car after crashing during testing in Barcelona

Fernando Alonso leaves his automotive after crashing throughout testing in Barcelona

The Spaniard, who had solely accomplished 5 laps, was capable of climb out of his automotive earlier than inspecting the injury.

McLaren are nonetheless investigating what brought on the wheel to return off, as their new period utilizing Renault engines began badly.

The Woking-based mostly group had set a goal of one hundred laps per day on the Circuit de Catalunya after three dreadful seasons with Honda.

The staff is embarking on a new period with Renault energy following three horrible years with Honda.

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Alonso, mechanics and stewards verify the stricken McLaren out

 It's a wheely difficult situation so early in McLaren's practise routine

It's a wheely troublesome state of affairs so early in McLaren's practise routine

Their relationship was typically punctuated by reliability points and efficiency points.

In 2017 McLaren struggled to finish anyplace close to sufficient operating to be absolutely ready for the new season.

In complete it accrued just 425 laps in eight days.

That clearly was not what staff officers have been on the lookout for – or Alonso, come to that.

 Repair work continues off the track

Restore work continues off the monitor
 Finally we have lift-off as Alonso's car is taken back to the pits

Lastly we’ve got raise-off as Alonso's automotive is taken again to the pits

The issues with Honda have been so extreme on the time the Amazon documentary 'Grand Prix Driver'  launched earlier this yr – confirmed McLaren bosses had real fears Alonso would lose endurance and give up on the eve of the 2017 season.

That hasn't occurred however early indicators aren’t encouraging.

The F1 season begins on March 25 with the Australia Grand Prix.

FERNANDO ALONSO crashed out through the first day of winter testing in Barcelona.