• Apr 16th 2010 at 11:01AM
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Sébastien Buemi crashes during practice – Click above to watch video after the jump

Sébastien Buemi ran into a bit of trouble during practice at the Shanghai International Circuit. After busting down the back straight, the Formula One racer applied the brakes, apparently causing enough stress on a previously untested set of uprights to cause the pieces to shatter. When that happened, the whole front suspension was compromised, and what ensued can only be called catastrophic failure.

The Toro Rosso car's front wheels shot off of the racer like a cheap McDonalds toy, leaving Buemi to fend for himself as he slid into the gravel pit. Fortunately, the Swiss racer was unharmed. A report from The Guardian notes that on his return to the garage, Buemi had a few choice words for his team.

Meanwhile, teammate Jaime Alguersuari had no problem cranking out a total of 43 laps without incident, finishing eighth fastest in the process. The Chinese Grand Prix kicks off this weekend, and the Toro Rosso engineers are confident they can get Buemi's car back together before the green flag drops. Hit the jump to see the accident for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Tyler!

[Sources: YouTube, The Guardian]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Pit crew manager: "Sebastien, I told you NOT to ever, ever, press the JETISON WHEELS button!!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Weighshedding in F1 has reached ridiculous proportions :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      I experienced some sort of emotion is was both "WTF" and amusement. Glad he wasn't hurt, but really... wtf?
      • 5 Years Ago
      You got the news all wrong !! In fact Toro Rosso were testing the new ejectable wheels for faster pit stops !.....He just hit the button a little to early that's all
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like how he keeps trying to steer after the wheels are gone. Must be that phantom limb thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So ummm... I wonder if he knows that you can't really steer a car without those tires lol... He must not cause he definitely tried.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I noticed that, too... but, I think there might be another explanation. When the suspension failed, he went into heavy braking (and locked up). It's possible that in order to get better leverage on the brake pedal Buemi was pulling back on the steering wheel (with it getting torqued to one side since the brake pedal isn't completely in the center). I had to do something similar one time when my brake hydraulics went out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      just yesterday we had a Ferrari engineer explain how they use Zylon (think better Kevlar) cables to connect the wheels to the body of the car to make sure they don't go bouncing around after an accident and kill someone...
      So either toro rosso is saving some weight here or the failure was really catastrophic..
      • 5 Years Ago

      (wheels sold separately)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe "those" components were made in China?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I suppose, in a weird way, it was just as well BOTH wheels fell off. If it had been only one it may well have dug in, speared off/rolled and been pretty nasty...As it was it looked like a positively pleasant slide! :P

      @DailyDerbi - Good one! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Two or more wheels off simultaneously will result in a DNF for the day"

      So that's what that means...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought we were trialling a new airbag systme on the steering wheel - not the steering wheels!!!!
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