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Gutierrez sent to hospital following flip (VIDEO)

Apr 6, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

Esteban Gutierrez has been sent to hospital for a routine check-up after walking away from a horror crash during today’s Bahrain Grand Prix that saw his Sauber flipped by Pastor Maldonado.

Maldonado tried to overtake the Sauber with a clumsy move at turn one on lap 40 of today’s race, causing Gutierrez to flip onto his roll cage. Thankfully, the car soon righted itself and landed on its wheels. After a few seconds, Gutierrez managed to hoist himself out of the car before being taken to the medical centre for a check up.

“According to first checks in the medical center, Esteban is ok,” the team tweeted. “Precautionary examinations will follow in the local hospital.”

Maldonado was given a 10-second stop/go penalty during the race, and eventually crossed the line in 14th place.

The Venezuelan driver has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time and three penalty points on his FIA superlicense.

After such a horrifying crash, it is proof of just how far safety standards in Formula 1 have come that Gutierrez managed to walk away unharmed from the incident.

  1. bscot968 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Enough spurious comments about the low nose on Maldonado’s Lotus flipping Gutierrez. It is clear that the Sauber’s rear tire jumped the Lotus’ front tire. Just a danger of racing with open wheel chassis’.

  2. Jeff - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Wheels touched yes. That’s how Guiterrez got perpendicular to Maldonado. But the car’s wedge-shaped design caused Gutierrez’s car to ramp up then flip. It’s all fairly obvious.

  3. techmeister1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Maldonado was 100% at fault in this one which could have been deadly. I was not a fan of the lowered front nose and this is the reason why. The FIA will need to change the rules for ’15 if not sooner after this incident.

    • indycarseries500 - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      How does that stop the wheels from bumping and launching cars?

  4. chrisbayards - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Another bone-headed move by Maldonado. Car exiting pit lane observes right of way to cars on racing line. In the replay he (Maldonado) has a clear view of Gutierrez’ car. End of story. His careless driving ruined someone’s race AND could have killed him (Gutierrez). A 5 place grid penalty is also a joke. Daniel Ricciardo gets a 10 place penalty for unsafe pit exit and no one was hurt, and Maldonado gets 5?!

  5. worknman24hours - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    No, I’m not blaming Maldonado for this.

    This is a race.

    From the end of pit lane -the race starts.

    Gutierrez used a stupid move of ignoring where a car that was leaving the pit lane was going.

    Maldonado was fully in his rights to try a pass given the line that Gutierrez has already chose to use before Maldonado had got there.

    Funny how Gutierrez slowed down and clipped the apex as close as he could to try and deny Maldonado that part of the track.

    Not Maldonado’s fault a all.

    He was racing.

    Gutierrez was blocking and got what he deserved.

  6. mcseforsale - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Workman, slower cars to yield. That’s one of the most important rules in (any) racing. Spend a little time on a track and you’ll quickly realize that if you ignore this rule, you’ll be red flagged because disregarding this rule is one of the most dangerous things a driver can do. Maldonado effed up. He wasn’t up to speed, didn’t own the racing line and flipped him. It’s as if he pulled out in front of him at 7-11.

  7. worknman24hours - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    “it’s as if he pulled out in front of him at 7-11.”

    That is exactly what Gutierrez did to Maldonado.

    He left that inside line open, slowed to a crawl and drove slowly right across the path to the inside apex, knowing full well that he was blocking Maldonado’s path to the inside of the turn.

    What Gutierrez thought Maldonado was going to do was slam brake and miss him. while Gutierrez would laugh as he sped away.

    What he got was slammed by Maldonado who saw the open inside apex and went for it.

    You block other drivers at your own risk.

    Gutierrez could have easily made a wide apex and sped away with no issues and Maldonado would still have been behind him.

    Instead Gutierrez decided to play a game and almost got himself knocked out of F1 racing permanently.

    Gutierrez better learn who he can play games with and who he can’t or he won’t be in F1 long.

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