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VIDEO: World Series by Renault opener affected by huge crash

Apr 12, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

The 2014 World Series by Renault season kicked off in Italy today at the historic Autodromo Nazionale Monza, with the series being acknowledged as one of Formula 1’s primary feeder series. All of the drivers lining up on the grid were keen on starting their years in style in the hopes of following in the footsteps of 2013 champion and McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen.

However, the year did not start as Marco Sørensen and Jazeman Jaafar (pictured) would have hoped. The two drivers were fighting for position down the main straight, but Sørensen – who is the leading light in Lotus F1 Team’s junior programme – seemed to misjudge where Jaafar was on track.

Sørensen began to squeeze Jaafar to the right hand side of the track, causing the two drivers to touch. The Lotus driver’s car flipped and collided into the pit wall with some force before travelling some distance on its side. The car eventually came to rest at pit exit. Jaafar went in the opposite direction and hit the wall with some force, albeit the right way up.

Remarkably, both drivers walked away unharmed despite this horror shunt. However, Sørensen was handed a five place grid penalty for causing the incident.

The race was won by Britain’s Will Stevens, who is a member of Caterham’s junior programme. Red Bull youngster Pierre Gasly finished third on his Formula Renault 3.5 debut, whilst Sauber’s Sergey Sirotkin finished in eighth place.

  1. chad4208 - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    that could have been a looooot worse…… Bad enough though…

  2. indycarseries500 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    5 place grid penalty?! Quit being soft on these guys, he should sit out two or three races. Set an example so this dirty driving garbage stops.

  3. testover6370 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Open wheel series on both sides of the Atlantic are doing a horrible job hammering those bad habits out of prospective open wheel drivers. A 5 place grid penalty is not severe enough. And in the US, Captain Jack routinely crashed others out of races, yet was rewarded with an Indycar ride, where he proceded to crash into 3 cars, taking one and himself out of the race, in the first race. If they don’t learn at the junior levels, how will you get them to change when they’ve reached the top?

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