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GP Week : Issue 6
Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport e News ... A BROKEN front wing element has emerged as a contributing factor in the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso at last week’s Bahrain GP. While the McLaren team initially claimed that data showed that the top element of Hamilton’s front wing had broken just a couple of seconds before a “surge of acceleration” took him into the back of the Renault, TV footage and photography suggest the top wing element was broken as early as Turn 4 on the opening lap. In this case, the driver would have been aware of a drop in front downforce well before the lap two contact with Alonso’s car … suggesting that, as unpalatable as it may be for the Brit’s supporters, the young McLaren star simply misjudged a ‘crossover’ passing move and clipped the rear of the Renault. Hamilton himself has subse- quently admitted fault. Touring in (above): The rest of the McLaren's front wing was removed in the collision. Hamilton’s wing a factor in Alonso collision F1 NEWS >> 11