Sebastian Vettel was driving his new car during Formula One testing in Barcelona.
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.
The 32-year-old was unhurt and was pictured getting out of his car 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.
The accident data recorder in the car registered above the level of impact limit.
A number of marshalls and vehicles were seen rushing to help Vettel, who walked his Ferrari back to the pits.
Footage from the start line showed him negotiating the first two corners without a hitch but then a puff of smoke could be seen in the distance as he collided with the side of the circuit.
**WATCH moment Sebastian Vettel crashes during F1 testing in Barcelona**
Vettel has since returned to the Ferrari garage to assess the damage and root cause of his crash.
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.
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