Formula 2 driver Jake Hughes was involved in a high-speed crash at the Monaco Grand Prix that brought qualifying to a halt.
Formula 2 driver Jake Hughes was involved in a massive, high-speed crash at the Monaco Grand Prix on Friday that brought qualifying to a halt.
The session was taking place just hours before Formula 1 cars hit the track for their first practice session of the race weekend.
Hughes was approaching the fast, swimming pool chicane but clipped his front wing on the barriers on entry.
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That effectively rendered him a passenger in the car, which launched over the kerbs and into the wall at the exit with brutal force.
“That’s horrible, that’s a big crash,” the commentator said.
Hughes’ Van Amersfoort Raving car was destroyed but the Brit walked away from the crash remarkably unscathed.
The qualifying session was red flagged with just one minute left, meaning it wasn’t restarted as Theo Pourchaire claimed pole position.
Hughes’ time was good enough to qualify in fifth, but his mechanics have a big job ahead of them to repair his car.
“All okay. Massive apologies to the team,” Hughes tweeted soon after.
“Rolled the dice on that lap, was going well but my luck ran out in the swimming pool.
“Hopefully we can fix the car to be on pole tomorrow. I owe the boys some drinks.”
Originally published as ‘That’s horrible’: Sickening high-speed crash brings Monaco GP to a halt