Carlos Sainz car wrecked as £565m Las Vegas Grand Prix plunged into chaos within eight minutes
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Carlos Sainz car wrecked as £565m Las Vegas Grand Prix plunged into chaos within eight minutes

Nov 18, 2023

The highly-anticipated Las Vegas Grand Prix got off to an embarrassing start as first practice was cancelled within eight minutes.

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz struck a loose manhole cover at 200mph on the Las Vegas Boulevard and the running was immediately suspended.

The session was called off at 8.49pm local time

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The session was called off at 8.49pm local timeCredit: AFP

Alpine star Esteban Ocon was also caught up in the chaos and smashed into the debris.

Shortly afterwards, it was announced the session would not be resumed and second practice was subsequently pushed back to 2am local time.

An FIA statement said: “Following inspection, it was the concrete frame around a manhole cover that has failed.

“We now need to check all of the other manhole covers which will take some time – we will be discussing with the local circuit engineering team about the length of time it will take to resolve and will update with any resultant changes to the schedule.”

Alarming footage showed sparks flying off Sainz’s car as the driver jolted in his cockpit.

The Spaniard emerged unscathed but Ferrari chief Frederic Vasseur confirmed ‘extensive’ damage to the car, including the monocoque, engine, and battery.

Vasseur said: “He (Sainz) said I hit something on track, and he didn’t know what it was. It is just unacceptable for F1.”

Meanwhile, Alpine revealed the chassis on Ocon’s car needed to be replaced.

This was the moment Sainz struck the loose manhole cover

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This was the moment Sainz struck the loose manhole coverCredit: sandro.speeds on YouTube

It is a nightmare start for F1 bosses after spending £565million to host a Grand Prix on the famous strip for the first time since 1982.

Speaking on Sky Sports, pundit and former driver Martin Brundle, said: “Fixing that and checking everything else, letting it dry and making sure it won’t come out again is going to be a big job.

“Theoretically, they are going to re-open the strip (for public use) after the F1 practice sessions. That is a very, very big issue if there are other areas like that around the track.”


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