Feb.8 (GMM) Pedro de la Rosa's Ferrari career got off to a smoky start on Friday morning, as the first test of the 2013 pre-season wraps up in southern Spain.
Ferrari's official Twitter did not mention, though, that the 41-year-old Spaniard had to step out of the new F138 car amid clouds of white smoke.
And photographs of the car, taken after it smoked to a halt between turns 7 and 8, showed extensive burn damage at the rear.
Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reported that the cause of the problem was a transmission fault, which is currently being repaired.
"It will take a while to hit the track again," confirmed Ferrari.