Ferrari exhaust problems caused Charles Leclerc’s on-track stoppage and the delay to Haas driver Romain Grosjean’s running on the penultimate day of Formula 1 pre-season testing was caused by an issue with the exhaust manifold.
Leclerc set the fastest time of Barcelona testing so far on Thursday but brought out a red flag in the afternoon.
Ferrari has since confirmed it was caused by “a small issue with the exhaust”.
Its customer team Haas was hit by “an exhaust manifold failure and a gas leak”, according to team principal Gunther Steiner.
He said the team “had to take the gearbox off, the turbocharger and take the exhaust manifold off” to fix it.
Grosjean was limited to just 16 laps after teammate Kevin Magnussen managed 53 in the morning, despite being delayed by a brake-by-wire “programming issue”.
“I think all the issues have been different and identified,” said Grosjean. “So I’m not too worried.
“Obviously we’d like to go around and not have any issues, but it happens sometimes and some issues take a long time to be resolved.
“But the car is good, the feeling is good, that’s the main thing.”
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