I ntotal of 321 manhole covers are distributed around the 6.003 kilometer long street circuit of Baku. Apparently one of them had not been properly anchored by the line workers. When approaching Turn 3, Charles Leclerc's Ferrari sucked the heavy metal part out of the asphalt. The next car raced up to George Russell in his Williams.
At the last moment the Briton saw the disaster coming. The rookie briefly took off the accelerator, but was unable to evade in time due to the high speed of more than 200 km /h. Russell rumbled over the foreign body, tearing open the entire underbody. The chassis was also cracked. The engine switched itself off after the hard impact.
The session was immediately interrupted. But when the wrecked car was recovered, the next faux pas came straight away. The tow truck got stuck with its lifting crane on one of the numerous bridges built for the Grand Prix that lead spectators across the route. A hydraulic line was damaged, which emptied its oily content on the Williams.
Ferrari shows update package
Not only action fans got their money's worth on Friday training. For technology fans, too, it is worth taking a look at our gallery. Ferrari had equipped Charles Leclerc's car with the large upgrade package. For the first few laps, the modified parts were painted with FloViz paint in order to track down the air flow.
An unusual play of colors could also be seen at Haas. Kevin Magnussen was out with an unpainted helmet. Only the black carbon pattern peeked out from under the clear coat. The Danish pilot showed his grief after three children of fellow countryman and team sponsor Anders Holch Povlsen were killed in the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
In the gallery we have collected the best pictures from Friday training.