Even F1 seat broken due to impact with manhole cover in Las Vegas

The first Formula 1 weekend in Las Vegas since 1982 got off to a rather turbulent start, with one after eight minutes canceled first free practice and a second practice session delayed by more than two hours. These steps were necessary after Esteban Ocon a manhole cover lifted up, weather Carlos Sainz then drove over it. This heavy blow caused so much damage that Ferrari had to build a new chassis, while the internal combustion engine, energy store and electronics had to be replaced. Because this exceeded the maximum number of permitted engine components, he will serve on Sunday to pay a grid penalty of ten places.

After the first day of training in Las Vegas, Sainz stated that he was unharmed in the manhole cover incident, although he admitted that his seat did not survive the incident. “I’m fine. My neck and back took a big hit in the incident. Unfortunately, my chassis, the power unit, the battery and even my seat were damaged in the incident, after which all the mechanics and the team worked very hard to get a complete to build a new car for FP2. This allowed me to participate in the session, which in my view was a heroic effort,” said the Spaniard, who completed the second training session, which was extended to 90 minutes, behind teammate Charles Leclerc finished in second position.

‘My turn to pay the price’

With a grid penalty for using his third electronics of the season, Sainz was in fact double punished for his incident in the first training session. The stewards reportedly took two hours to find a way in the regulations to prevent this, because both team and driver could do little about it. “If they had the authority to grant a deviation in what they consider to be extenuating, unusual and unfortunate circumstances in this case, they would have done so. However, the rules do not permit such an action,” the stewards explained their decision to. According to Sainz, the fact that the regulations do not offer the possibility to deviate from the script in the event of force majeure showed that F1 still has some room for improvement.

“I was looking forward to it and was quite optimistic. When the session came to an end, the team told me that I will be given a ten-place grid penalty for something that I could not do anything about. This has changed my mindset and my opinion on how the weekend will of course be completely changed. You can imagine how disappointed I am and how much disbelief there is about this situation. You won’t see me really happy this weekend,” said Sainz. “What happened to me today is a very clear example of how the sport can be improved in so many ways. FIA, teams, the rules – there should clearly be force majeure so that I don’t get punished. But somehow There are always ways to make the situation worse for an individual. In this case, it’s my turn to pay the price.”

Video: Sainz drives over manhole cover and causes red flag

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