Timo Glock gets some air at the 2008 Australian GP Vitaly Petrov gets plenty of air
Timo Glock’s kerb-hopping goes wrong
2008 Australian GP
Vitaly Petrov finds a new meaning to the term ‘air time’
2011 Malaysian GP

So just who gets more air? Our vote goes to Vitaly, who is an early candidate for the Richard’s F1 Awards ‘Crash of the Year’!

Most importantly, the Russian Renault driver was mercifully uninjured in his mighty shunt with only four laps of the Malaysian Grand Prix to run, but it certainly caused a few heart stoppages on his team’s pit wall, as team boss Eric Boullier later admitted…

“I have to say it was terrifying to see him jumping so high,” the Frenchman told the Press Association after the race.

“When a Formula 1 car is flying like that, the landing is never going to be good and the steering column mounting broke – that was as a consequence of when the car landed, nothing else. It was just one of those things, but it was bad enough.

“When I saw the steering column in his hands I thought something had gone badly wrong. But when I saw how high he’s been flying, I understood why. He did a very good job to keep the car under control with no steering.”

Meanwhile Petrov was unfazed after his dramatic accident, with his first comments being in praise of team-mate Nick Heidfeld’s podium finish.

[Images via Formula1.com]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.