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F1: Vettel unhurt after big crash in Sochi qualifying

/ 09:40 PM September 26, 2020
Ferrari Sebastian Vettel

A truck transports the car of Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel following a crash during the qualifying session for the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Circuit in Sochi on September 26, 2020. (Photo by Pavel Golovkin / POOL / AFP)

Sebastian Vettel climbed out unhurt from his Ferrari on Saturday after crashing heavily during the second part of qualifying for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.

The session was red-flagged to a halt after the four-time champion’s shunt, leaving runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton in a perilous 15th place with just over two minutes remaining.

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Replays showed that the German driver, in his final season with Ferrari, clipped a kerb at Turn Four and lost control as he smacked into the barriers.

On his walk back to the pits he picked up a wing of his car that had fallen off and helpfully handed it back to the team of officials clearing his stricken car from the circuit.

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“I lost (control) of the car on (turn) four, I was struggling in the first sector,” Vettel told Sky.

Once Q2 eventually resumed Hamilton managed to put in a lap to get through to the top 10 shoot-out with the fourth quickest time but missing from Q1 were both Ferraris with Vettel’s teammate Charles Leclerc knocked out in 11th place.

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