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F1 NEWS 

Minor setback for Alonso in practice

Fernando Alonso's preparations for the French Grand Prix suffered a minor setback when he was forced to miss most of Saturday morning's practice session because of a mechanical problem.

Alonso returned to the garage after completing his out-lap, where the team discovered a faulty brake sensor, which required the entire system to be replaced.

The repairs took 55 minutes, leaving the reigning world champion just enough time to complete four laps.

Despite the glitch, Alonso still managed to post the eighth-quickest time of the session.

A McLaren spokesperson told autosport.com that the team does not expect the problem to resurface, and that Alonso's preparations for the weekend are still on track.

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