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Manhole cover caused Barrichello shunt

Williams reveals a loose manhole cover was the reason for Rubens Barrichello retiring from the Monaco Grand Prix
Williams has revealed that the accident that saw Rubens Barrichello crash out of the Monaco Grand Prix was caused by a loose manhole cover.

The Brazilian went into the barriers at Beau Rivage after apparently suffering an issue with the left rear of the car, with Williams initially revealing earlier this week that his car had suffered a problem with its suspension.

Following further investigation however, the team has now confirmed that the problem was in fact caused by Barrichello's car being hit by a loose drain cover, which damaged the left rear wheel and caused it to fail.

The matter has been reported to the FIA.

“Following an investigation, AT&T Williams confirmed today that the cause of Rubens Barrichello's crash at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday 16 May 2010, was a loose manhole cover at Turn 2,” a short missive from the team read. “As Rubens' car drove over the manhole cover, it was spun up and hit the rear left wheel, causing failure. The car was badly damaged in the ensuing crash which ended Rubens' race. This incident has been reported to the FIA.”



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richard

May 22, 2010 11:08 AM

a loose manhole caused barrows crash. the safety car was brought out due to another loose manhole. that is really a scandalous situation ! are the manhole covers not firmly bolted down? is there no inspection of the course to ensure that all manholes are safe? the organisers are fully aware of the race and there is no reason why adequate steps to secure manholes, are not taken. it shows the dangers of using normal streets for racing.

beeflin

May 22, 2010 9:52 AM

That missive certainly is short - so short that it fails to thank Adam Cooper, the journalist who actually made the investigation after the race, as explained in his blog. How graceless of Williams not to acknowledge this.



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