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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.

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