Brendon Hartley did not take part in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix due to a heavy crash suffered during final practice.
The Toro Rosso driver was approaching the high-speed Turn 9 on a low fuel lap late in FP3 but dropped his left two wheels onto the grass on the corner entry. The car quickly swapped ends and bounced over the gravel backwards, with the ear of the car taking the main impact against the tire barrier.
The left-front corner was also damaged in the incident – which brought out the red flag – and then when the car was being craned away, the gearbox fell away from the rear of the car in a display of how badly damaged it was.
While the driver was unhurt in the incident and released after checks in the medical center, Toro Rosso confirmed the crash would rule Hartley out of qualifying, with the team working on rebuilding the car ahead of tomorrow’s race. Hartley will need permission from the stewards to start the race, having not taken part in the qualifying session. His practice times should ensure he is allowed to start.
– Chris Medland