Hamilton crash confirmed as rim failure

The cause of Lewis Hamilton's crash has been confirmed as rim failure

The cause of Lewis Hamilton's crash has been confirmed as rim failure

Martin Whitmarsh today confirmed that the crash for Lewis Hamilton near the end of the Spanish Grand Prix was caused by rim failure.

Lewis was running second on the penultimate lap, when his front right tyre failed, and he crashed into the barriers at Turn 3. He was fine, but it threw away the opportunity for McLaren drivers to be running 1-2 in the drivers’ standings. Since then, the cause of the crash has been confirmed as rim failure.

On the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in, Whitmarsh said that the team are still investigating the crash:

"We flew the parts back yesterday and had Bridgestone here. We do 
not believe that the deflation was caused by a puncture or tyre 
failure. From all the evidence it looks like the rim failed which 
caused deflation.

The rim failure is being investigated. It could be debris related, 
it could be an issue of deflection, it could be an issue of 
tightness or lack of in the wheel nut allowing some flexing.

So what we know is, the rim failed, probably human error somewhere 
in that process caused that, which led to deflation and the 
accident."

Another tyre failure for McLaren, and if it was human error, it wouldn’t be the first time. In the Nurburgring 2007, Hamilton crashed heavily in qualifying, because the right front wheel wasn’t properly secured by the mechanics. In Barcelona 2008, Heikki Kovalainen had a horrible smash at Campsa corner, caused by a manufacturing fault on the left front wheel.

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 55 other followers

%d bloggers like this: