Hartley unharmed as massive shunt halts FP3

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Hartley unharmed as massive shunt halts FP3

Formula 1

Hartley unharmed as massive shunt halts FP3

Brendon Hartley was unharmed after suffering a big accident in final practice for the British Grand Prix due to a suspension failure.

The Toro Rosso driver was on a flying lap approaching Brooklands — Silverstone’s Turn 6 — when his left-front suspension spectacularly failed when he hit the brakes. Traveling at around 200mph at the time, Hartley was pitched into a spin with little in the way of braking ability, and the car became momentarily airborne as the flailing left front — only attached by a wheel tether — dug into the gravel trap underneath the front of the chassis.

The car came back down enough to ensure Hartley did not go over the barrier, with the nose of the Toro Rosso being buried in the tire barrier as it came to an abrupt stop.

Despite the head-on impact, Hartley was able to climb out of the car unscathed and was cleared and released after being checked in the medical center, leaving him fit to take part in qualifying if possible.

Hartley’s incident then saw Toro Rosso keep Pierre Gasly in the garage for the remainder of the session as it investigated what caused the failure, with work instantly taking place to inspect the front suspension on the other car.

Toro Rosso now faces a race against time to repair Hartley’s car in time for qualifying, with just a two-hour gap between the end of the final practice session and the start of Q1.

 

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