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Ferrari's new car caught fire just two laps into Pedro de la Rosa's Friday testing programme at Jerez. The Spaniard, who is correlating the F138 with its simulator version, ground to a halt in a plume of smoke between Turns 7 and 8.
"Difficult start of the day for De La Rosa: F138 stopped on track after the second installation lap," Ferrari, which completed the opening three days of pre-season testing at Jerez with Felipe Massa, explained via Twitter after the technical gremlin hit.
Following the incident, which occurred at 10.10am local time (GMT +1), de la Rosa's car was covered and returned to the pit lane. The Ferrari mechanics quickly unloaded it, putting up barriers outside the garage before working to diagnose the cause of the fire.
The Italian outfit has not yet confirmed if de la Rosa will be back out on-track later today. If the problem cannot be rectified in time, the second gathering at the Circuit de Catalunya from 19-22 February will be the team's next chance to complete mileage.
Update: De la Rosa rejoined the track at 1.56pm local time (GMT+1)
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