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Monaco GP red flagged following Maldonado crash

May 26, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

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The Monaco Grand Prix has been red flagged following a heavy crash which caused the TecPro barrier to block the track.

On lap 46 of the race, Pastor Maldonado and Max Chilton were battling for position on the exit of the Nouvelle Chicane on the run down to Tabac. Chilton had the inside line, but he was not aware of Maldonado on the outside of the track. The Marussia squeezed the Williams into the wall, and Maldonado’s front wing went underneath his car. The Williams was then unable to avoid crashing into the barrier at a very high speed. Despite the TecPro barrier absorbing the majority of the impact, it came free from the wall and extended out onto the circuit, causing some damage to Jules Bianchi’s car. The race was immediately red flagged.

Thankfully, Maldonado was able to walk away from the incident, testament to the strength of the TecPro barrier. The remaining drivers, led by Nico Rosberg, lined up on the grid in race order and will resume the race under the safety car once the incident has been dealt with.

For details on how to follow the race live with NBC, click here. The race will resume at 9:35am ET.

  1. greenarcher2013 - May 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I wasn’t able to watch the race live and decided to watch it later. I automatically dvr all F1 stuff on NBC. Now, when I went to watch the race there was nothing on but the very end. Did anyone have an issue with the coverage? I know that they’ve pre-empted F1 practices with Bicycle racing. Grrrrrrrrr. If this happened today I am not amused. if it’s me, I need to figure this out.

  2. stetson62 - May 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Am I the only fan livid over this backwards coverage – I just tuned in Sunday AM @ 7:30 for “LIVE” Monaco coverage and they are showing the post race results! -really ?!? Not only did they spoil it for all us fans – but they proceeded to cover post race interviews until almost 8:30 before they started the race coverage. Boy, we need Speed back in the game. At least when they say LIVE – Its really live..

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