Ferrari Identify Cause of Accident in Hungary

Ferrari believe they have found the cause for Rubens Barrichello's accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix, stating the rear suspension was under "excessive stress" on prior laps because Barrichello hit the kerbs of the circuit.

Ferrari Identify Cause of Accident in Hungary

Ferrari believe they have found the cause for Rubens Barrichello's accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix, stating the rear suspension was under "excessive stress" on prior laps because Barrichello hit the kerbs of the circuit.

Barrichello was in fifth place when a sudden collapse of his rear suspension saw the left rear wheel of the car snap off, and Barrichello's car was plunged headlong into the tyre barrier at turn one of the Hungaroring.

In a statement today, Ferrari said they have "ascertained the most probable cause" of the accident, following "an accurate analysis of the available data and after studying film of the Hungarian Grand Prix."

"When [Barrichello] found himself very close to the car which preceded him, Barrichello twice hit the kerbs at an unusual angle of impact at the chicane between Turns 6 and 7," a team statement said.

"The impacts put excessive stress on the leading arm of the upper wishbone of the left rear suspension. This part then broke under heavy braking on the main straight at the start of lap 20."

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