Alpine's Esteban Ocon also incurred damage in the incident, making contact further down the track and experiencing a similar issue.
However, after the session, Febreau, speaking on Canal+, highlighted a potentially more dangerous situation that Gasly narrowly avoided.
“Alexander Albon went first and took the plate slightly off the ground,” Fabreau explained. “When Carlos Sainz went through, he tore the plate off completely. The plate ended up a few metres further down on the ground. That's when Esteban Ocon hit the plate and exploded its floor (the hole is the size of a head).
“The only person who could have caught it in the visor was Pierre Gasly, who came in just behind Ocon and could have caught the plate if it had been in the air.
“We all remember the consequences of Massa's accident in Hungary in 2009 ... with a much smaller and lighter part. Today, the Halo doesn't necessarily protect against this type of part.”
They later confirmed that FP2 would commence at 2 am local time, delayed by two hours to accommodate necessary engineering work.
The session will also be extended from the initially planned 60 minutes to 90 minutes, compensating for the limited running time in FP1, which was cut short after only eight minutes following Sainz's accident.
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