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Hartley thinks Spain practice crash was "biggest impact I've had"

Written by  May 13, 2018

Brendon Hartley believes his high-speed crash in final practice at the Spanish GP was probably the biggest he has had during his racing career.

The Toro Rosso driver touched the grass on the entry to the near flat-out Campsa corner instantly spinning and slamming rear-first into the barrier causing major damage.

Indeed, the whole rear assembly would collapse when marshals attempted to clear it away and unsurprisingly, there was no chance Hartley would be able to compete in qualifying.

“Such a big impact like that, it’s potentially the biggest impact I’ve had,” the Kiwi said via Motorsport.com. “I actually don’t remember, and that’s not because I just had an impact.

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“[This crash] was definitely the biggest accident I’ve had in a long time. It happens in slow motion. I was going backwards towards the wall, so you don’t really know when the impact is going to come.

“I’m looking in my mirror to know exactly when it was going to come. You brace yourself a bit, but it’s never a lot of fun.”

Medics immediately cleared Hartley for the race, with any impact over 30G requiring a medical check-up and the stewards will give permission for him to start last, providing his car meets the necessary standard.

 

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