Reports surfaced on social media this morning that a Renault F1 Team truck had crashed somewhere in Hungary. Well, here’s the proof.
Twitter user @Joritvan3 posted these images, which seem to have been drawn through from a number of sources (as ever with events that go viral so quickly, tracking down the original poster is virtually impossible).
The truck was likely making the journey from yesterday’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim to the Hungaroring, where the Hungarian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday.
The crash occurred on the M1 motorway near Gyor in Hungary, about eight hours driving time from Hockenheim and only about two hours from the Hungaroring.
As yet there’s no information on what caused the crash, but the images suggest the truck crashed through the central reservation before going over the embankment at the side of the road. The trailer appears to be teetering on the edge of the bank. The cab can’t be seen in these images – it probably detatched and ended up at the bottom.
The Renault F1 Team confirmed the crash had happened and detailed the driver’s condition.
Truck drivers operating within the EU are restricted to nine hours driving per day, in two blocks of 4.5 hours. But that can be stretched up to 10.5 hours once within a set working period.
The crash could well hamper Renault’s preparations for the Hungarian GP. F1 teams use dozens of trucks to haul hundreds of tons of equipment between the European races – this truck could have been carrying anything from the hospitality unit’s cutlery to the race cars themselves. All we can say for sure is that it’s the wrong type of trailer to be part of the hospitality unit itself.
It’s tempting to view the crash as a metaphor for Renault’s whole season. The team suffered a double retirment in the German GP, Daniel Ricciardo pulling out early on with exhaust issues, then Nico Hulkneberg slithered off the road at half-distance. 10 races down, the team lies sixth in the championship standings – two places behind customer team McLaren. Ricciardo’s scored 22 points, while Hulkenberg is on 17.
By Graham King
H/T to Drivetribe