Huge crash at Azerbaijan Grand Prix leaves F2 driver on top of rival

F1 preview: A lap of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Six cars were involved in a huge crash at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a car landing on top of a rival. The accident came at the end of the Formula 2 race held just hours before the F1 sprint this afternoon. 

Dennis Hauger hit the wall on the outside of turn one moments after a safety car restart. Victor Martins also collided with the barrier with Jehan Daruvala collecting the Frenchman at high speed.

The Indian youngster was then sent underneath Martins car as the pair collided in sickening scenes. Speaking on team radio after the collision, Daruvula said: “ I had nowhere to go. I had nowhere to go.”

Despite the horrific collision, the pair both walked away from the collision. However, F2 commentator Alex Brundle warned the incident could have been a lot worse as he praised the halo protection device. 

He explained: “Both Hauger and Martins just cannot make the corner. They don’t have brake performance when they get down there. Chalk up another one for the halo I think.

No front grip, no braking performance, Hauger the same thing. They just overestimated the grip that was down there. The grip  down there was so incredibly low it is very easy to overestimate.”

Theo Pourchaire and Jack Doohan were also invoked in separate incidents at the first corner. Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc’s brother, Arthur, ran wide on the exit of the corner but avoided contact with the wall.

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