Max Verstappen gets stuck in the gravel after coming off the track during F1 testing in Barcelona in another hitch for Red Bull ahead of the new season
- Red Bull driver Max Verstappen lost control of his RB16 car on Thursday
- He beached the car in the gravel, spinning it as he approached turn five
- Sebastian Vettel led the way in Thursday morning’s testing session in Barcelona
- Meanwhile, the first F1 race of the season in Australia is all set to go ahead
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen dramatically beached his new car into the gravel at F1 testing in Barcelona on Thursday.
The Dutch driver, heading into his seventh season in Formula One, lost control and spun around, going off the track at turn five.
Verstappen was unharmed but fell victim to the same corner Valtteri Bottas went off the track earlier in the day.
Max Verstappen lost control of his Red Bull car as he approached turn five in Barcelona
The 23-year-old Dutchman then spun off the track and into the gravel during F1 testing
Verstappen was unharmed and the session was momentarily suspended on Thursday morning
The morning session was momentarily paused at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, before the cars were back out on the track after a 25-minute hold-up.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel had the best of the early session, and leads the standings with a lap of 1:17:093.
There was a surprise in the opening day of F1’s final pre-season test on Wednesday, with Alfa Romeo’s Robert Kubica the pacesetter.
Verstappen finished second, but he will have plenty more to ponder after his error on Thursday.
Verstapped was second-fastest on Wednesday but spun his car on Thursday morning
Formula One CEO Chase Carey says that first three rounds of the season are set to go ahead
Meanwhile, despite fears over the spread of the coronavirus, the Australian Grand Prix will go ahead next month.
F1 chief Chase Carey says it is ‘all systems go’ for the opening race of the season in Melbourne.
The Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled for April, has been postponed due to the virus outbreak, with no new date yet announced.
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