August 31, 2018 / 1:50 PM / 20 days ago

Massive Ericsson crash halts Italian GP practice

MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson walked away from a spectacular crash in Friday’s practice for the Italian Grand Prix, with the Swede’s car wrecked after hitting the barriers and barrel-rolling multiple times.

Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - August 31, 2018 The car of Sauber's Marcus Ericsson is brought back to the pit after a crash REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Television footage showed the car suddenly spearing left at speed as he applied the brakes at the first chicane moments after the afternoon session had started.

The car flipped three or four times before coming to rest on the grass the right way up. Replays suggested that the car’s drag reduction system (DRS) — a flap that opens and closes on the rear wing — had failed.

“I don’t know what happened there,” he said over the radio before stepping out.

Ericsson went to the medical center for precautionary checks while the session was suspended for marshals to clear the debris.

The Swede gave a thumbs-up signal on his return to the pit lane and the session resumed after a 20-minute stoppage.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by David Goodman

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