The new Virgin Formula One team had to cut short pre-season testing at Jerez after driver Timo Glock’s car suffered a front-wing failure.
The German had only completed 11 laps in southern Spain when the problem happened although Virgin technical director Nick Wirth said the team knew what the issue was and planned to continue testing on Friday.
“This morning we experienced a front wing mounting problem, which caused the wing to come off the car at the beginning of a run. The cause has already been identified,” said Wirth in a statement.
“Unfortunately, we’re missing one or two spare parts, which will hopefully arrive this evening, so we won’t be able to run for the rest of the day.” Meanwhile, local hero Fernando Alonso managed 79 laps in his Ferrari. The 2010 F1 season begins on March 14 with the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir.