Fernando Alonso’s hopes of a trouble-free weekend at the Brazilian Grand Prix quite literally went up in smoke today as an engine failure curtailed his running at the end of FP2 on Friday.
During the second session at Interlagos, Alonso’s Ferrari ground to a halt heading out of turn three down the back straight, producing plumes of smoke and a fire at the rear of his car.
The Spaniard quickly found a fire extinguisher at the marshal’s post and put the blaze out, but was forced to abandon his car and return to the paddock early.
In Austin, Alonso confirmed that he was saving a fresh engine for the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi, using units with high mileage for the two grands prix leading up to it.
The engine that gave way in FP2 was only a Friday engine for Alonso though, and he should not need to take any kind of penalty for a component change in Brazil.