Sebastien Buemi strikes a track marshal The marshal - and Buemi - were lucky to escape serious injury

Sébastien Buemi was fortunate to escape serious injury in a freak accident while participating in a Red Bull F1 demonstration run in Japan yesterday.

The team has taken its F1 showcar to the Chiba prefecture as part of the Big Beach Festival, marking the first time that an F1 car has driven on the streets of Japan.

But what was meant to be an event to show support for the victims of the recent earthquakes and tsunami could have ended in disaster as you will see below…

Approaching the end of one demonstration run, a marshal ran onto the makeshift track right into Buemi’s path.

The marshal leapt into the air to avoid striking Buemi, but he was hit by the roll hoop and video camera of the showcar. Fortunately he was able to walk away from the accident and escaped with minor injuries.

Quote what this idiot was thinking is anyone’s guess, but this really could have been much worse…

[Images via Blick, Video via 5Amiro]

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Richard Bailey

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