F1 » 'Dramatic' day for Renault with suspension failure on both cars

Lotus Renault GP team-mates Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov suffered identical suspension failures during opening practice for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang - although with very different results...

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Rob01 - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 6:58 PM

Virgin had a suspension failure as well. All of these cars were running in a straight line during the failure. Thought that was odd. It also left debris on the track and there was no full track yellow. Sometimes safety is preached and sometimes not. In the first practice Vettel was on a out lap and ran the car right through the carbon fiber. Nothing he could do but Still no yellow.

ObviousIsObvious - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 9:26 PM

You rarely see suspension failures - of course not! It's not like the cars are designed to fail, but the are run on the limit and as can be seen in cases like this a small error in the manufacturing or treatment process results in a big failure. If a whole season went without anyone unforced mechanical failure at all, I'd be disappointed the teams were no longer pushing the boundaries.

Ben M - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 12:18 AM

I do wonder if D'Ambrosio's failure was related to this - possibly with parts sourced from the same supplier? The Virgin's failure was much scarier as he was halfway past a Hispania on the run down to the last corner when it failed just as he hit the brakes. Could have been a nasty accident - it happened at Spa a few years ago when two cars were side by side on the run to Les Combes, and suspension failure pitched one into the side of the other. Might've been Button and Baumgartner but can't remember.

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