Opening lap carnage brings F1 to standstill


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The tight confines around the street circuit always provide must watch action and on Sunday night it was the same.

Don’t miss a second of the action below.

11.20pm – Opening lap chaos unfolds

As the drivers made their way up the hill on the opening lap, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was tagged and slammed into the barriers.

The brutal nature of the incident saw his car torn to shreds as he bounced off the wall following a collision with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.

“That is a monster of an accident,” Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle said

Fellow Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg attempted to squeeze past the incident, but got caught up with all three drivers out of the race on the opening lap.

Shortly after the nightmare incident the red flag was waved as all drivers returned to the grid as we now await the restart.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz got off the grid strongly, but couldn’t make his way past Australia’s Oscar Piastri as he attempted to squeeze up the inside on the opening turn.

Slight contact between the pair unfolded which resulted in Sainz picking up a puncture and being forced into a run off area.

While all eyes were on the three car crash, Alpine duo Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon came together just before entering the tunnel after Ocon attempted to squeeze his teammate out.

Thankfully no major damage was sustained with the rest of the grid making their way back around to the pits as we await a restart.


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