We don’t see all that many crashes in Formula One these days. There’s good reason for that too. All 20 of the drivers on the grid this season are some of the best race car drivers in the world.
But, through three practice sessions and a qualifying round to set the field for Sunday’s Rolex British Grand Prix (9 a.m. ET/ESPN) the action thus far in Silverstone has been treacherous to say the least.
Just look at Friday for example. Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean found troubles and crashed in each of the two practice sessions from the England track. On Saturday, the hardest hit of the weekend occurred when Brendan Hartley got off track and saw his tires dig into the sand which caused him to get airborne in a very hard crash.
Luckily, Hartley was able to walk away from the accident but he wasn’t able to qualify his No. 28 Toro Rosso Honda later on in the day meaning he will have to start Sunday’s race from pit lane. The incident wasn’t a fault to the Kiwi as his crash was a direct result of a suspension failure.
Then, in a non crash related battle for attrition, Sebastian Vettel saw his session cut short due to some neck pain. No word on what caused the German to suffer some discomfort but it could likely be tied to the g-forces in the high speed corners on the Silverstone circuit.