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GP Week : Issue 78
F1 NEWS >> SEBASTIAN Buemi was just a passenger when both front wheels popped off his car under braking for Turn 14 in FP1. One wheel hit a TV camera, narrowly missing its operator, before flying over the catch fencing. An investigation by Toro Rosso has proved front right upright failure was the cause. It was a new design that had been introduced for this race, and what caused the failure is still unknown. The team reverted back to the earlier design for the rest of the weekend. Once the right upright failed, the load on the left side component was too great for it to handle which is why that failed simultaneously. The wheel tethers also failed, and the sight of fans gathering around one of the stricken wheels was a real worry. This incident could have been very nasty indeed. Bizarre practice crash for Buemi By unhappy coincidence, Buemi's cousin Natacha Gachnang had a scary accident herself this weekend, racing a Ford GT in Abu Dhabi. The 22 year-old hit a barrier head-on and had to be cut from the mangled car when it was discovered she had a broken right leg. The cameraman in this incident was unlucky too, and suffered a broken nose. Upright failure causes Toro Rosso's front wheels to detach One wheel makes it over the fence and into the spectator area • • Family misfortunes 9