Sébastien Buemi’s frightening accident in the opening practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix was caused by a right front upright failure, the Toro Rosso team has confirmed.

The Swiss driver simultaneously lost both front wheels under braking for the hairpin at the end of the back straight, slewing him left and into the Armco barriers at high speed.

In what was certainly one of the more unusual accidents seen in F1 for some time, it was fortunate that Buemi was able to emerge from the accident without assistance or injury.

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