Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The F1 driver took a hammer-blow on the harbour wall
A F1 driver has escaped without injury after his car buckled at nearly twice the speed limit at 230kmh (143mph).
Swedish driver Maverick Vinales tried to overtake a slower car at the slippery harbour stage of the Nurburgring race.
Vinales’ Caterham slid into barriers with another driver hurtling off a side-hill bend. The F1 driver collected gravel at almost twice the speed limit before attempting to jump the broken barriers.
Caterham mechanics helped Vinales into a car which was waiting.
“God gave me time,” Vinales said. “My car was beyond braking power, it was only a matter of getting in the car, giving me some flats, putting some balls on, moving it back to the bottom.”
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vinales managed to bend a wheel off so he could walk out of the car
Vinales had “no idea” how fast his car was travelling until it collided with one of the barriers, said test driver Matthias Walkner, who was in the leading car.
“I thought ‘Wow, that was crazy’.”
The Koenigsegg Agera R collided with barriers along the outside line at 225kph (140mph). The race was red-flagged because of safety concerns and restarted 35 minutes later with a new accident investigation team.
The other driver involved, German reserve driver Konstantin Hensch, suffered ankle injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
Alpine countryman Hensch, 26, is now banned from driving in a race car for a week.
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