Mark Webber’s European Grand Prix came to a dramatic end when he crashed violently with Heikki Kovalainen.
The Red Bull and Lotus drivers were racing for position and collided at the fastest point of the track approach turn 12.
Webber hit the back of the Kovalainen’s car and flew through the air.
A very similar crash happened at the same place in the GP2 sprint race this morning, with Josef Kral the unlucky driver flying through the air. He was taken to hospital:
Webber suffered a similarly violent accident at the wheel of a Mercedes sports car at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1999. On that occasion the car flipped of its own accord.
Webber and Kovalainen were racing for position and there was nothing obviously wrong with Kovalainen’s defensive move.
But we’ve discussed before this year whether slower cars should bother racing for position with the front-runners. Should Kovalainen have got out of Webber’s way?
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