Three into two

F1 Racing (UK) - - PARADE -

I’m con­vinced this will be the defin­ing mo­ment of the 2017 F1 sea­son: the three-way shunt be­tween Max Ver­stap­pen and the Fer­rari duo of Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Kimi Räikkö­nen.

This shot cap­tures the after­math of the mo­ment the two Fer­raris pin­cered Ver­stap­pen. Al­ready the cars are trav­el­ling at such speed that sim­ple contact trig­gers a chain re­ac­tion that wipes out these three and dooms a fast-start­ing Fer­nando Alonso (car 14).

Alonso thinks he’s avoided the shunt, but the wreck­age catches up with him at Turn 1. It’s an il­lus­tra­tion of the sav­age amounts of ki­netic en­ergy un­leashed dur­ing the start of a For­mula 1 grand prix.

Al­most out of shot – you can just see his left-hand tyres – is the even­tual win­ner. Lewis was lucky, but bril­liant.

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