Hungarian GP FP1 red-flagged after crash
He walked out of the medical center and waved to the crowd. According to BBC Formula 1 earlier this morning (July 24, 2015) Force India Driver Sergio Perez suffered a catastrophic flip during Free Practice 1 on a practice lap that saw his whole car flip over while his car was travelling at low speeds. According to some witnesses, it looked like Perez’s car suffered a suspension failure early on from his right rear that caused Perez to spin, hit the wall and flip over. The accident happened at turn 11 of a 14 turn race track that’s just over 2.7 miles long. Preliminary race footage from the crash shows the FIA mandated roll hoop performing just as designed, protecting Perez’s head and neck in the event of a more serious crash. Check out some of the social media rolling in below.
According to the live feed rolling in during Free Practice 1, it looks like practice resumed shortly after, although Sergio seems to be without a ride.
"Session underway again after crash for Sergio Perez brought out red flags; Mexican uninjured after overturning his Force India exiting Turn 11; Lewis Hamilton currently fastest from Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen; Lotus lose track time after late payment for Pirelli tyres; Field running with ‘JB17’ tributes to Jules Bianchi;"
And in an interview with Sergio Perez shortly after, it seems everything checked out for the 25-year-old Mexican driver.
"“It was just a bad accident, really unlucky. The track was very dirty. I was on the astroturf and on the wrong side of the track, a very bad angle so it made the car roll over. But everything’s all right.”"