Canadian duo Nicholas Latifi and Lance Stroll bought caught up in a weird collision that induced a pink flag in direction of the tip of Q1 in Melbourne.
As drivers have been getting ready for his or her remaining qualifying makes an attempt on the Australian Grand Prix, Latifi went spinning into the barrier after making contact with Stroll, inflicting main harm to the Williams.
It was the newest in a string of accidents for Latifi, who crashed – with main World Championship repercussions – in final 12 months’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale, in addition to each qualifying and the race in Saudi Arabia final day out.
Stroll, like his Aston Martin team-mate Sebastian Vettel, had been absent from Q1 till the ultimate couple of minutes following a crash throughout FP3.
Whereas the workforce regarded to have given up hope of getting Vettel on observe for qualifying at Albert Park, the workforce proprietor’s son was despatched out in time for one shot at getting by way of to Q2.
Stroll handed Latifi, who had briefly pulled right into a run-off space at gradual velocity. After the subsequent nook, Latifi picked up the tempo and darted down the within of Stroll who, clearly unaware, jinked to the suitable to make room for Zhou Guanyu’s oncoming Alfa Romeo and the Williams and Aston Martin made contact.
Latifi stated over the workforce radio: “What was that. What was he doing?! Not trying in his mirrors. The automotive is destroyed.”
Stroll’s response was: “Latifi, man, what the f*ck was he doing, he’s simply f*cking hit me man!”
With Stroll having to park up his AMR22 by the facet of the observe, his qualifying was executed and barring any penalties, he and Latifi will line up on the again row of the grid for the race.
Paradoxically, the incident and the pink flag gave Aston Martin the chance to place the ending touches to repairing Vettel’s automotive, with the German in a position to have one crack at stepping into Q2.
It didn’t yield the specified reward although, with the four-time former World Champion going 18th quickest.
“Thanks for getting the automotive out, hell of a job there,” stated Vettel over the workforce radio.