Wurz Crashes Heavily at Paul Ricard

Formula One teams have been forced to change their testing plans at Paul Ricard in France today after Alexander Wurz suffered a massive accident in his McLaren at one of the quickest parts of the track

Wurz Crashes Heavily at Paul Ricard

Just before lunchtime, the Austrian is believed to have suffered a mechanical failure at the 180mph entry to the Virage de la Verrerie and speared off the track into the barriers. Although his car was badly damaged, with one eyewitness reporting it was 'in several pieces' Wurz was luckily uninjured.

He told Autosport-Atlas: "I'm okay. The team are trying to find out what happened.

"It was a big accident, but something went just before. I am okay but the car is not."

Wurz's impact caused major damage to the circuit's crash barriers, however, and although track officials spent the lunch break trying to fix them, they eventually realised that the work would take too long to allow testing to resume

With the teams wanting not to lose track time, with the 30-day testing agreement meaning that abandoning the test early would still cost them a whole day , the team managers got together and agreed on using a different track solution that did not take in the part of the track where Wurz crash.

The teams are now using the shorter 2E solution for the remainder of the day. Although it does not allow them to use as much of the track's two straights as they had this morning, it will still allow them to work on developments for the European and Canadian Grands Prix.

McLaren's accident came after Pedro de la Rosa and Wurz had topped the timesheets during the morning session.

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