Force India to miss second session

By on Friday, July 24, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India will not participate in the second practice session following Sergio Perez's large crash in the opening 90 minutes of running in Hungary, which cost the team an estimated €250,000 worth of damage.

Perez's car appeared to suffer a suspension failure as he ran across the kerbs exiting Turn 11 and Perez was pitched towards the inside barriers.

Perez's front right wheel dug underneath the chassis and sent the car into a flip, with Perez eventually landing upside down.

Perez was able to clamber from the wreckage of the VJM08 and was released unharmed following a quick check-up at the medical centre.

"There’s a lot of damage," Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer told

"All four corners are damaged, suspension, bodywork, wings, floor, once you roll over like that there’s a lot of damage. We estimate it at about a quarter of a million Euros.

"We’re working hard on it, probably not," he said when asked if Perez would appear in the second session. "[There is] a lot to do, [but it's] no problem for tomorrow."

Szafnauer added that Force India is still investigating the root cause of the accident, which is why Hulkenberg's car will not run in the second session.

"We’re investigating it, it looks like something may have broken on the car as he went over the kerb so he had a kerb strike, high frequency loads with the suspension and it maybe failed" he said. "I think [it failed] while over the kerb.

"Always when something fails like that you have to understand why it failed and that’s what we’re going to do, then when we understand it we’ll see if there’s safety concerns.

"We’re inspecting Nico [Hulkenberg]’s car as well, which is why we didn’t run his car as you have to understand the cause of the failure."

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