BRENDON HARTLEY STACKS IT AT F1
New Zealand Formula 1 (F1) driver Brendon Hartley had a rough start to his Spanish Grand Prix weekend, May 11–13. The Kiwi wheelman suffered a gnarly crash during practice after heading into the event looking strong — a mistake at turn nine towards the end of the third practice session saw him hit the barriers.
The car itself was torn in half, and, with repair for qualifying later in the day not possible, Hartley was forced to sit out the rest of the day. He would go on to start the race in last place after failing to qualify.
“The mechanics did an amazing job to get the car ready for today — it was actually finished last night — we just had to do the car set-up this morning.” Hartley stated after the race.
“I had a clean start and made up a few positions on the first lap ... [but] it was difficult to overtake today; I think some of the cars around us had a bit more top speed, which made life difficult.
“I had a good overtake on Marcus [Ericsson] at the end to get 12th, and, if I had made the overtake a little bit earlier, there would have been the chance for 11th as well, because the pace was definitely there at the end of the race.”
The race was won by Lewis Hamilton, who now extends his F1 lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to 17 points.