In an unprecedented step the stewards of the Malaysian Grand Prix are considering excluding the Red Bull cars from competing on the grounds their car is dangerous
David Coulthard had this unusual crash in the first session when he ran across a kerb prompting a suspension collapse.
The stewards have asked them to supply a technical report on the incident and considering excluding them under article 2.3 of the technical regulations: “The stewards of the meeting may exclude a vehicle whose construction is deemed to be dangerous.”
Coulthard had a similarly dramatic failure in the Australian race following contact with Felipe Massa. But so did Timo Glock’s Toyota after it was thorn into the air by a bump situated off the track. Mark Webber also retired from the race with suspension damage after colliding with Anthony Davidson.
There have been past occasions where teams have withdrawn from races due to car failures – Minardi at the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix and Sauber at the 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix – but I can’t remember an occasion when the stewards barred a team from competing on safety grounds.