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F1: Sebastien Buemi’s front wheels come apart in Shanghai practice

There’s some things you can put in words and then there are instances that leave you so stumped, the words escape you.

This has to be one of those times.

Braking hard into a sharp turn, the tyres and the accompanying mechanics connected to the rubber simply collapse and come apart!

Even Buemi had trouble describing the episode to reporters.

“There’s not much to say about what happened in FP1. I braked, the wheels came off and that was it. Physically, I was fine though. But I have to say, I am extremely disappointed that, once again, through no fault of my own, I have been unable to run for almost all of the three hours available. I will have to try and catch up on Saturday morning and we will be relying on Jaime’s data from today
to see which way to go.”

Dude..poor thing…

You’ll have to watch the video yourself to get a good feel of how serious the failure was and could have been.

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  1. Andre
    April 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Truly bewildering – and unprecedented too. Haha! I’ve never exactly seen this happening to any other drivers WHILE braking. I suck at physics so even what you described there is virtually incomprehensible for me. LOL!

    • April 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

      It is! Even the commentators were stumped…all equipment and parts, especially new, will be proofed before leaving the factory. A potentially horrific crash…the race today was really good though

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