The Worst and Biggest Crashes of F1 2019 Season

Published 12/05/2019, 3:07 AM EST


In F1, crashing is often seen, though normally not a common occurrence. Some fans may find crashes exciting, as long as the driver/s walk away unharmed. Sometimes a crash can occur due to driver error, something failing on the car, or another driver hitting them.

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In the 2019 Formula One season, there have been a fair number of crashes. These incidents have taken place, either during the race, in qualifying or in one of the practice sessions. So, here are some of the worst crashes in F1.

1. Ferrari Collision (Brazil)

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This was actually a highly controversial incident and resulted in a double retirement for Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. Heading into the first corner, Leclerc pulled off a clean move as the Senna S sequence.

The situation became a whole lot worse when Vettel tried to fight back and retake the position. The two SF90s touched wheels and Leclerc’s suspension broke, while Vettel spun off with a puncture and a lot of damage.

2. Valtteri Bottas (Mexico)

This was a scary incident as it took place in the dying stages of the Q3 session of qualifying. Naturally, every driver was pushing the limit in order to get a good lap time. Unfortunately for Valtteri Bottas, he found his limit the hard way and brought out the red flag.

The Mercedes driver went a little wide on the exit of the final corner and lost control. His Mercedes W10 then careened into the barrier before getting stopped by a tech pro barrier. What made many realise how serious the situation was his breathing heavily into the radio before confirming that he was okay.

3. Pierre Gasly (Barcelona Pre-Season)

Pierre Gasly never really got to grips with the Red Bull when he got promoted to the senior team. Of course, it was fairly clear to see in pre-season testing for the 2019 season. The French driver lost control of his car after exiting Turn 10 and slid straight into the barrier. Little did he know that it would be just the start of his troubles in the cockpit of the Red Bull

4. Charles Leclerc (Baku)

It is fairly common knowledge in F1 that if you make a mistake on a street circuit, it will punish you. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc learned that lesson the hard way in Azerbaijan. Apparently, during the qualifying session, he carried too much speed at the castle section of the track. The Monegasque driver ended up spearing into the tech pro barrier and halting the session, as the narrow nature of the corner meant that he was blocking the track.

5. Kevin Magnussen (Canada)

Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen crashed out of the qualifying session in Montreal. In the dying stages of the Q2 session, the Danish driver clipped the Wall of Champions and spun. He then went on to clobber the pit wall on the other side of the tarmac.

6. Robert Kubica (Baku)

Once again, it was that dreaded castle section, which claimed another victim. This time, it was Robert Kubica, who turned in a little too early and his front left wheel clipped the wall. From that point onwards, he was simply a passenger in a one-way ticket to a barrier.

7. Robert Kubica (Japan)

It is that man Robert Kubica once again, as his Williams F1 car was on the verge of starting a timed lap. Unfortunately, upon exiting the final corner, he got a wheel on the grass and lost control. The Polish veteran was absolutely helpless as his car smashed into the barrier and gave his team a big headache to fix on that day.

8. Pierre Gasly (Germany)

 

9. Daniel Ricciardo (Barcelona Pre-Season)

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10. Alex Albon (China)

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During the FP3 session in Shanghai, Alexander Albon suffered a mighty crash. Getting onto the main straight, he got a wheel on the astro turf on the exit of the turn and lost control. He then proceeded to crash heavily into the barrier, ending his session.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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