Brendon Hartley crash mars final British Grand Prix practice

Tanya Simon
July 9, 2018

The New Zealand F1 driver's Red Bull vehicle suffered a front-left suspension failure, causing Hartley to crash into the track barriers at Brooklands on Saturday (Sunday NZ time). The front wheel of his Toro Rosso auto skewed vertically and Hartley lost control of the vehicle.

Toro Rosso now faces a race against time to fix Hartley's vehicle in time for qualifying, with just a two-hour gap between the end of the final practice session and the start of Q1.

When the session restarted with 30 minutes on the clock, only five drivers had set a lap time.

Vettel, who leads Hamilton by one point going into the 10th of 21 races, had been fastest in the second practice on the Silverstone track on Friday, while Hamilton topped the first.

Aside from Leclerc, only Haas pair Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were able to get within two seconds of the time achieved by pacesetter Hamilton, as they classified eighth and ninth respectively.

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Miraculously, the 28-year-old emerged from his destroyed auto, and walked away without significant injury.

Gasly's early time, prior to Hartley's failure, left him 19th on the leaderboard.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest, 0.093 off the pace, with Hamilton's Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas third but 0.642 slower than the Briton.

Red Bull finished 1.2s off the pace, Max Verstappen edging Daniel Ricciardo in the battle for fifth position, the duo separated by a mere 0.006s.

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