Renault Sport’s Jolyon Palmer has suffered what pundits have described as a “strange” accident during the Australian Grand Prix’s second official practice session.
Palmer was just finishing his fourth timed lap of the session when he lost the rear of the car out of Turn 16, Albert Park’s final corner.
The car hit the wall, rear first, at considerable speed, causing a large impact sufficient enough to completely mutilate the rear wing.
You can watch video footage of the incident here.
Renault’s official Twitter account described the crash as a “big shunt.” Palmer was not injured in the crash, however, but it was still big enough to warrant a red flag.
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Sky Sports’ Formula 1 pundit, Ted Kravtiz, called the incident, “strange.”
Pat Symonds, who is now working in broadcasting following a stellar Formula 1 technical career, agreed with Kravtiz, describing the incident as “odd.”
Symonds further explained these thoughts, commenting that the Renault RS17 seemed to suffer a snap of oversteer, which Palmer corrected, but then suffered another, unexpected snap, ultimately causing the crash.
It “didn’t look usual,” was Symonds final thought on the matter.
Kravtiz, who was present when Palmer returned to the garage following the accident, said he “looked confused [and] angry.” Palmer reportedly didn’t wish to speak to any media, instead heading straight to his mechanic to analyze the data.
Given the angle of the incident, with the rear taking most of the damage, it’s likely Palmer has suffered gearbox issues, leaving a lengthy fix for the Renault mechanics.
This crash cost Palmer valuable track time for race and qualifying simulations.
He is expected to return to the track tomorrow for Free Practice 3 at 2pm AEDT.