Alfa Romeo has started the 2020 Formula 1 season in the worst possible way by crashing out of a mandatory FIA safety test and completely destroying a chassis.

The team was testing at the CSI facility in Bollate, near Milan - the same test site used by Ferrari.

Formula 1 cars must pass 13 static load tests and 5 dynamic tests before they see any track time. Alfa's new chassis was undertaking a dynamic frontal impact test when the failure occurred.

It's not uncommon for teams to fail these tests early in the season, but such a catastrophic result means Alfa Romeo will be scrambling to make some major design changes in time for a second crash test ahead of the start of the 2020 Formula 1 season beginning in Barcelona on February 19.

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