SEBASTIAN VETTEL has been taken for medical tests after smashing into the barriers at F1 testing caused by a Ferrari mechanical fault.
The German driver racked up 40 laps and recorded the second quickest time when he went straight on turn three and collided with a tyre wall.
Vettel emerged unscathed from the incident as he was able to get out of his car and walk away from the crash but it remains unclear the damage done to his car.
The four-time world champion was then taken to the Circuit de Catalunya medical centre for precautionary checks.
A red flag was introduced following the shocking incident while Ferrari later confirmed a “mechanical problem” was the cause of the accident.
Ferrari were the fastest during the first week of practice but this setback will mean the new Scuderia challenger, the SF90, will be out of action for some time.
A recovery truck was called to remove the vehicle following the third red flag of the morning in which Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz also forced a stoppage.
Sainz’s McLaren stopped while exiting the pits shortly before Verstappen’s Red Bull filed to move during a practice start.
The youngster, who is hoping to challenge Lewis Hamilton for the world title this year, was able to roll his car back to the pits to rectify the problem.
Earlier this month, Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealed he believed both Hamilton and Vettel fear Verstappen the most in Formula One.
Horner said: “I don’t think he fears anything of them.
“We’ve seen those guys make mistakes throughout their careers, Sebastian had a messy year, last year.
“Max, if you look at his performance from the second half of the year, he was the second highest points scorer to Lewis.
“I don’t think he lacks anything that they have, if we can provide him with the tools to do the job. And I think he’s probably the driver they fear most.”