Gros­jean es­capes in­jury as loose drain causes prac­tice crash

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

SEPANG, MALAYSIA » French driver Ro­main Gros­jean es­caped with­out in­jury after clip­ping a loose drain and fly­ing into the crash bar­ri­ers in the sec­ond prac­tice for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Fri­day.

His tire shred­ded on im­pact, cat­a­pult­ing him at full speed from one side of the track to the other. It ended the ses­sion with 20 min­utes left and, mo­ments later, race di­rec­tor Char­lie Whit­ing and an­other of­fi­cial from motorsport govern­ing body FIA in­spected the dam­age.

It was a spec­tac­u­lar in­ci­dent but with­out con­se­quence.

Gros­jean climbed out of his Haas car un­harmed, and was even able to talk about it pretty calmly mo­ments later.

“I didn’t see any­thing. Next thing I knew I was spin­ning and head­ing for the wall,” he said. “I am fine, that is the most important thing.”

But it could have been much more se­ri­ous, with im­ages show­ing the drain cover stick­ing up at an an­gle be­fore Gros­jean clipped it.

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