A TV cameraman was extremely lucky to escape without injury after his camera was struck by one of the flying wheels that had parted company with Sébastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso when it suffered a bizarre suspension failure in the opening practice session.

FP1 - Buemi Accident

The catastrophic suspension failure occurred on the upright through which the wheels tethers – designed to stop wheels parting company with their cars in the event of an accident – are mounted, causing both wheels to go flying from the car.

One wheel went through a gap in the debris fencing reserved for the camera. As its operator was focused on the crashing car, he did not see the flying wheel that collected his camera.

The second wheel bounced clean over the spectators at the hairpin and was found in a stream on the other side of the earth banking.

We are so lucky that no one was injured in this crash!

Toro Rosso had introduced a new suspension design for this weekend’s race, which perhaps wasn’t up to the task. The team reverted to its original suspension design for the second practice session.

In a strange coincidence, Sébastien Buemi’s cousin, Natacha Ganchang, suffered an accident in qualifying yesterday for a GT3 race in Abu Dhabi which resulted in a broken leg for the unfortunate driver.

Buemi himself came literally inches from his own leg-breaking accident by dint of having no front brakes in his car…

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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